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TTiursday, October 29,1993 

Middlebury, Vermont 

Blood drive is a success 

Molly Shuttleworth ’96 donates much needed blood. The drive was held in Pepin Gym Tuesday and 

Alex Grossman 

was sponsored by die American Red Cross. 


OCT 31 1993 



Volume 92 Number 7 

Council confronts the 
future of financial aid 

By Noelle Campagna 

In the past few weeks, the Com¬ 
munity Council has been working 
on a number, of problems and con¬ 
cerns facing the development of the 
house system. This week, however, 
the council temporarily put these 
issues aside and took up a discus¬ 
sion of financial aid. 

Just recently, U.S. News and 
World Report named Middlebury 
College one of the country’s “best 
buys.” Yet, the council recognized 
a whole new realm of problems the 
college may face in the future, in¬ 
cluding an inability to keep up with 
increased demand for aid. 

At the beginning of the meeting, 
graphs were distributed to council 
members comparing the situation 
at Middlebury to that at similar 
schools. The graphs indicated that 
colleges throughout New England 
are running out of money to pay for 
financial aid, leaving more students 
with less aid. Alternative plans, 
which sometimes include a type of 
“first come, first serve” philoso¬ 
phy, are being enacted at many 
schools. Schools such as Smith, 
Amherst and Bowdoin are employ¬ 
ing some of these alternatives. 

Fortunately, Middlebury has n< 
had to enact a change along the> 
lines. From the council’s discu 
sion, it became clear that at min 
mum, the college will continue i 
need-blind admission polic 
through next fall. For at least or 
more year, Middlebury first-ye 
students will be chosen witho 
knowledge of their financial bad 
ground. After 1994, however, th 
is not guaranteed. 

With the decreasing amount i 
aid being offered to students at sim 
lar schools, some members of tl 
council discussed the possibility th 
Middlebury may begin attractir 
more students who cannot afford 
pay their way through college will 
out additional help, forcing the cc 
lege to dig deeper into its financi 

The graphs revealed that only 33 
percent of Middlebury students are 
in fact receiving grant aid. That 
number has been increasing 
steadily, however, from 24 percent 
in 1981. This statistic shows a trend 
of increasing socio-economic di¬ 
versity on the campus. 

The question of whether or not 
(continued on page 3) 

McAliskey defines plight of Ireland 

By Liz Leyden 

After Saturday’s Irish Republi¬ 
can Army (IRA) bombing in Belfast 
in which ten people died, Bernadette 
Devlin McAliskey’s visit to 
Middlebury was especially fitting. 
A member of the British Parliament 
elected from Northern Ireland in 
the early 1980s and a prominent 
civil rights activist for the last 25 
years, McAliskey speaks around 
the world about the conflict in 
Northern Ireland. 

McAliskey defines herself as an 
Irish citizen and “one who travels 
with an I(fth passport, but at the 
same time who is subject to Her 
Majesty’s Throne. Someone has got 
to work that out; I was born to be 
one and have no intention of being 
the other.” 

It is a complex issue which her 
country faces. She explained that 
“there is a stop-start existence cen¬ 
tered around Ireland, a concept that 
Ireland, or the northern part of the 
country, is where terrible violence 
happens for no reason... something 
to do with the British, something to 
do with Catholics, something to do 
with Protestants and nothing to do 
with any kind of sanity.” ' 

McAliskey described the origins 

of the conflict in the imperialistic 
relationship between Ireland and 
Britain. Ireland was Britain’s first 
colony, a fact which McAliskey 
cited as the crux of (he problem. 
“The imperialist relationship is not 
something that just happened and 
can be forgotten about. People went 
into other people’s country and 
stole. They stole resources, stole 
independence and stole confidence 
in the self.” 

The results of this, besides the 
violence, are manifested socially, 
politically and especially economi¬ 
cally, said McAliskey. At the onset 

of the rebellion in 1918, there was 
little economic difference between 
the two populations in Northern 
Ireland — Catholic and Protestant 
— but there was an imponant so¬ 
cial gap. The Protestants held land 
for the British and in the end were 
loyal to the monarchy. The propor¬ 
tion of Ireland who wanted inde¬ 
pendence, 86 percent, to the loyal¬ 
ists, 13 percent, ensured friction 
McAliskey said that one out of ev¬ 
ery three people living in Northern 
Ireland was against creation of the 
state, thus it was “the Irish people 
(continued on page 3) 

Renowned poet shares 
environmental works 

One of the chalkings on the sidewalk outside Mead ChapeL Tiffany Claflin 

Chalkings address women’s issues 

By Alex Mackintosh 

“The FBI’s definition of rape 
does not include forced oral or anal 
sex. WHY?” So reads one of many 
messages recently written in chalk 
on the sidewalks around Mead 
Chapel. If you approached the 

chapel from any direction this week, 

you could not miss die multicol- 

Last week several women inter- 
ed in changing the atmosphere 
came out to “shock” 

ddlebury. “This is a very subtle, 
iet campus and people are really 

■d to voice opinions,” said Hilary 

Rubenstein ’96, one of the chalk 

‘There is a real lack of commu¬ 
nication on this campus, and too 
many women are too unaware of 
many issues.” Rubenstein went on 
to explain that “shocking” is done 
on many other college campuses as 
a way to increase awareness and 
intelligence on certain issues. 

This Thursday the chalkers are 
bolding another session in front of 
Mead Chapel. 

“This campus is changing and 
parents should know that,” said 
Rubenstein in regard to the upcom- 


provides a due as to die identity of 

the chalkers; “Monday Lunch, 
Chellis House, Women’s Discus¬ 
sion Group, Come.” Every Mon¬ 
day the Women’s Brown Bag Lunch 
meets in Chellis House at 12:15 to 
discuss women’s issues. This com¬ 
pletely confidential support group 
discusses what it is like to be a 
woman at Middlebury. 

The chalkers want to make it 
clear, however, that the Brown Bag 
Lunch group is not the same as the 
present project. "The lunch series is 
not going to turn into a chalking 
session, we are completely sepa¬ 
rate.” Rubenstein emphasized. 

Not everyone agrees with the 
tactics that are being employed by 
(continued on page 3) 

By Will Clark 

Crowded into the balconies of 
Mead Chapel Tuesday evening, an 
audience of students, faculty, staff 
andtownspeople listened to Pulitzer 
Prize winner Gary Snyder discuss 
the environment, his poetry and a 
new means of categorizing people. 
Snyder, a faculty member at the 
University of Califomia-Davis(UC- 
Davis), came to Middlebury as part 
of the Fulton lecture series. 

Entitled “Rediscovering Turtle 
Island,” Snyder’s two hour presen¬ 
tation was a mix of poetry and prose. 
The title came from a conference 
organized by UC-Davis faculty 
called Reinventing Nature, which 
attempted to focus on nature as a 
social construct. According to 
Snyder, those involved in the study 
of humanities are “beginning to rec¬ 
ognize that nature and culture can¬ 
not be separated.” 

He suggested that the environ¬ 
mental movement is undergoing a 
period of change with the addition 
of many new fields of study includ¬ 
ing environmental ethics, environ¬ 
mental history and nature literature. 
Public policy is also an area of 
change, as land managers and other 
officials rethink past ideas and ac¬ 
tions and suggest new innovations. 

such as wildlife corridors which 
link core environmental areas Al¬ 
though nature is very resilient, "hu¬ 
man beings may yet put a kink in 
organic development,” Snyder 

Snyder identified two views of 
nature: the school of thought which 
gives great importance to the pris¬ 
tine, original condition of nature, 
and the view that nature’s constant 
change means no stage is better 
than another. The Wise Use move¬ 
ment, characterized by Snyder as 

(continued on page 3) 

In Depth 





By Robert Schlesinger 

College Shorts 

Washington school 
nins Chese Society 
honors •• 

Clinton refuses to 
deploy the National 
Guard in D.C. 

United States aid to that country to vice providers testified that state 
help them disarm their nuclear government should get smaller, but 
weapons. should be careful about how opera- 

Kazakhstan is one of four former ti ons are scaled down . 

Soviet republics which have nuclear The panel recommended that the 

President Clinton has decided weapons left over from that era. state put more thought into its man- 

not to authorize the use of the Na- The other four are Russia, Belarus dates to towns, put more thought 

tional Guard to fight crime in the and Ukraine. There are approxi- into its future budget cuts and be 

nation’s capital. mately 100 nuclear weapons in more friendly to prospective busi- 

Washington, D C. Mayor Sha- Kazakhstan, as well as the largest nesses, 

ron Pratt Kelly had requested that Soviet-era nuclear testing site. The testimony was gathered in 

Clinton deploy the National Guard Nazarbayev explained to Chris- an ongoing effort by Governor 
to fight the rising tide of crime in topher that he woufd be happy to Howard Dean’s administration to 

that city. In addition to being the s jg n the treaty — in a pomp filled listen to the state’s 14 counties in 

political capital of the country, ceremony with President Clinton drafting its fiscal year 1995 budget 

Washington D.C. is also known as himself. His wish for such a cer- and subsequent spending plans, 

the “murder capital.” emony may reflect his fear that The panel was composed of 10 

Kazakhstan, which is the second participants who were hand-picked 

largest of the former Soviet repub- by the Dean administration, a move 

lies, is being forced to take a back which drew considerable criticism 

seat to Russia and the Ukraine on from opponents of the plan. Al- 

the world stage. though panelists suggested few spe- 

In a conciliatory gesture, cific programs for spending cuts, 
Nazarbayev announced that he they focused on making expecta- 
would. ask the Parliament to ap- tions of the state government more 
provea 1970treaty to haltthe spread realistic. 

of nuclear weapons. “There may be state money, but 

The Kazakh president apparently it all comes with certain require- 

wished to avoid giving the impres- ments,” said Middlebury Town 
sion that he was following the lead Manager Betty Wheeler, 
of Ukraine in using his nuclear Wheeler added, “When cuts are 
stockpile as leverage over the west, made at the state level, there are 

direct impacts at the local level, 
because the requirements don’t go 
away. Something has to change." 

"lie creamery at the Washing¬ 
ton State University College of 
Agriculture recently captured two 
first-place awards in the American 
Cheese Society’s annual cheese 

One of the creamery’s newest 
dieeses, an Italian variety, won the 
herbed and flavoredctttegory. Cou¬ 
gar Gold, named after the Wash¬ 
ington State mascot, was given the 
lionor of the country’s finest cow’s 
milk cheddar cheese. 

Stanford ends 
tradition, saves 

No progress made 
in Haiti 

Despite three hours of meetings 
on Monday between Haiti’s mili¬ 
tary and civilian leaders, there is no 
sign that a break in the impasse 
regarding that country’s fate has 
been reached. 

The meetings took place in the 
shadow of two U.S. warships sit¬ 
ting just a mile off of the Haitian 
coastline, which are there to en¬ 
force the United Nations embargo 
on that country. There have been 
threats that if Ihe military leader¬ 
ship, which presently controls the 
country, does not reinstate Presi¬ 
dent Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the 
country’s first democratically 
elected president, the embargo will planners, managers and human 

be broadened. It presently encom- —--- 

passes fuel and weapons, but could Fire safety week edi 
be made to include all commercial . ' 31 \iV 

goods. •*>’ j f I 

General Raoul Cedras, the leader « . fV 

of the military forces, has refused (o [T * 

to Aristide 

he is satisfied tnat he and others that 

toppled the leader in the 1991 eoup 

will be safe. 

Aristide has already pardoned ? ! 

the army high oennynd through fl 

executive order, hut the military is 

seeking assurances from the parlia- 
men' that it will adhere to the am- > 

Fraternity prank leads 
to shooting death 

Group moves to 
reform state 

Sources: The Associated Press, 
The New York Times, 
The Addison County 

The President of the University 
of New England has set a rather 
poor example for students at his 
school. Thomas H. Reynolds was 
arrested for drunk driving last 
month. • \ 

Reynolds .drove his oar into a 

light post and crashed into the .side VPHPBHi 

of a bridge near Kennebunkport, sity of Nebraska developed h plait 
Maine. His blood-alcohol level was to make their campus greener, in- 
0.27 per cent, which is more than eluding changing a parking lot in 
three times the state’s legal limit. the center of dunptis into) a pictur- 
"I am sincerely sorry if any of esque green quadrangle, 
my actions have been detrimental The University was surmised by 

to the institution.'' said Reynolds, strong opposition from students. 
Kathryn H. Thompson, a faculty , 1,600 students cighed a petition 

member and assistant toReynolds, telling the school that the parking 

S 1 Sw n “' ‘ 1C0h0 ' 2S’$iod.a»-taS P t ^l 

Nebraska students 
demand parking 
over greenery 

Nuclear weapons pose 
problems in Eastern 

Approximately thirty years af¬ 
ter the Cuban missile crisis, the 
seeds are being laid in Eastern Eu¬ 
rope for another nuclear crisis. 

Secretary of State Warren Chris- 
topher, on a* diplomatic swing 
through that region, is discovering 
various problems with the contin¬ 
ued attempts to rid the area of the 
nuclear weapons left over from the 
Soviet Union.Christopher was 
scheduled to sign an agreement 
Sunday with. Nursultan A. 
Nazarbayev, the President of. 
Kazakhstan. :>. •: 

The agreement would have de¬ 
tailed, the use .$85; million in 

•95 and Diana 

Tiffany Clafflin 






Thursday, October 29,1993 » 


page 3 

Wright leads forum on 
Vermont civil rights 

By Mary Maxham 

Richard Wright, co-coordinator 
of the Peace and Justice Center in 
Burlington and spokesperson for 
several ad hoc groups, spoke Tues¬ 
day on the topic of ‘The Struggle 
for Racial Equality in Burlington, 
Vermont” at the Bi-Cultural Cen¬ 

Wright spoke about discrimina¬ 
tion in hiring and general race in¬ 
difference in Burlington which have 
become big issues recently, but are 
relatively uncharted territory for 
residents of the city. The current 
population figure of around 1300 
people of color in Burlington shows 
a large jump in this population in 
recent years. Several inter-racial 
murders and crimes in the last few 
years have caused concerned citi¬ 
zens to come together to create an 
anti-racism plan. 

A city-wide forum was held to 
“just talk about racism and get a 
feeling of what is out there,” said 
Wright. This group met first in 
March and was designed for the 
purpose of allowing people of color 
an opportunity to speak to the people 
in power and share their personal 
experiences with them. 

The goal was to “debunk the 
myth that there is no racism in Ver¬ 
mont.” From this perspective the 
forum was a success, according to 

A second forum was held to dis¬ 
cuss potential solutions which city 
leaders had come up with in the 
meantime. The dialogue showed, 
however, that the proposed solu¬ 
tions did not meet the needs that the 
minority community hadexpressed. 
The group’s next step was to meet 
with the mayor, a member of the 
Progressive Coalition Third Party, 
to discuss what changes and steps 
forward could be anticipated dur¬ 
ing his administration. 

Wright analyzed the success of 
this movement, saying, “we have 
made race a political issue. It’snow 
a dialogue that we’re being forced 

Renowned poet 

(continued from page 1) 

the “Use It Up Quick movement” 
accepts the latter view. “Both 
views,” said Snyder, “suggest a 
natural world as subject to change 
or human impact.” 

He believes, however, that “[We] 
might try and resort to an older 
view of nature... as a locus of intrin¬ 
sic worth.” Snyder came to this 
view upon his return from ten years 
in a Japanese Zen monastery while 
listening to stories about the Native 
American-inspired cultural and eco¬ 
logical renaissance of the late 1960s- 
70s. In a story about the creation of 
the world, which became known as 
Turtle Island, communal living and 
interdependence helped build a 
community, such as the Native 
American cultures. 

Although “Eurocentric history” 
overshadowed this view of creation, 
says Snyder, he realized a “sizable 
gro u nd rwe l T of people in the West¬ 
ern H emi sphe re who began seeing 
the environment in a different way. 

to have. People of color in 
Burlington have reached a critical 
mass. We no>v have the powerto 
influence in many political areas.” 

A new voting project is under¬ 
way in which a fact sheet will be put 
out on each candidate that publicly 
states where they stand on many 
race issues, such as affirmative ac¬ 

The number of African Ameri¬ 
cans employed in state-run depart¬ 
ments, such as police and fire, in 
Burlington is remarkably low, re¬ 
ported Wright. Out of 120 persons 
employed in City Hall, only one is 
a person of color. “This indicates to 
me that the city is 99 percent white, 
and I know that it is not,” stated 
Wright. “That represents to me that 
I’m not welcome, that my opinion 
isn’t welcome.” 

Wright’s companion for the dis¬ 
cussion was fellow civil rights ac¬ 
tivist John Tucker. He stressed that 
Vermont is no different from any 
other state and that the struggles 
taking place here are the same 
struggles as those that the African 
American community has encoun¬ 
tered for 400 years. 

“I have, through the circum¬ 
stances of who I am, been forced to 
be an activist,” Tucker said. This 
desire to take matters into his own 
hands and become an active partici¬ 
pant in the fight for equality in 
Burlington is also a result of a lack 
of complete trust in the system. 
“There’s a very liberal community 
in Burlington that has fought a lot 
of issues on an international level 
and has never fought an issue about 
race in America Unlike Richard 
and some of the younger guys, I 
don’t expect an easy victory in 
Burlington. I think that they’re go¬ 
ing to fight us every step of the 

For many of the people of color 
in Burlington it is a day-to-day 
struggle. Tucker sighted anexample 
of a boy who went through the 
Burlington School System and 

“People began working for the en¬ 
vironment," he noted. Many of these 
people settled in the region between 
northern California and southern 
British Columbia, sharing a desire 
to learn how to think as Native 
Americans did, promote economic 
sustenance and respect native cul¬ 
tures. Snyder feels these are the 
inhabitants of a re-energized T urtle 

He also feels that his poems 
“speak of place” and reflect the 
desire of people to be together on 
Turtle Island. The Turtle Island 
viewpoint is now being applied in 
“bioregionalism,” which is a focus 
on a specific system, such as a wa¬ 
tershed Nature is now being seen 
as an intrinsic rather than utilitarian 

The author of 15 books of poetry 
md prose, Snyder’s "Practice of 
die Wild” is used in several courses 
at Middebury. Snyder won the 1975 
Pulitzer Prize for his book, Turtk 
Island” a collection of some of his 
poems, many about the envinxt- 

Richard Wright and John Tucker provide food for thought 

Alex Grossman 

while in middle school was called a 
number of racial slurs by some of 
his classmates. 

When the youth struck out physi¬ 
cally against them, he was sus¬ 
pended and his mother had to meet 
with the administration. The youths 
who had hurled the racial epithets 
went unpunished. ‘To me it makes 
no difference what law is passed if 
they don’t enforce it,” Tucker said. 

Tucker feels that the system tells 
us only about legality, and is not 
concerned with ethics and moral¬ 
ity. “I think there’s only one God in 
America, and it has George Wash¬ 
ington on the front of it,” he ex¬ 

plained. “We Ipeopleof color)can’t 
afford to buy into that. Every time 
we let something go by we lose a 
small battle... we say that racism is 

Students at the University of 
Vermont and other Vermont col¬ 
leges and universities are also get¬ 
ting involved in the fight. 

“I would like to see students of 
color in Vermont come together 
and talk about what it is like to be a 
person of color. All of your infor¬ 
mation gives us ammunition... 
you’re part of our community,” 
Tucker said in an appeal for the 
support of Middlebury College stu¬ 

dents. “Our African American stu¬ 
dents are capable of uniting and 
doing great things,” he continued. 

Tucker noted that students were 
behind the thrust of the civil rights 
movement. Famous speakers flew 
in and out and gave inspirational 
talks, but the students were the ones 
who stayed around, were arrested, 
and went to jail. 

On November 11-12 there will 
be a Minority Health Summit in 
Burlington. It will center around 
health issues of the minority com¬ 
munities in recognition that the 
health needs of all races arc not 
necessarily the same 


(continuedfrom page I) 

versus the British monarchy over 
who owned Northern Ireland.” 

By the 1960s a boom in Britain 
created a “massive gap between 
nationalists and loyalists. The un¬ 
employment level of loyalists was 
two to three percent, while for na¬ 
tionalists it was 25 to 30 percent.” 

Up until 1972, there was also 
discriminatory legislation against 
the nationals, said McAliskey Be¬ 
sides fewer educational and eco¬ 
nomic opportunities, theirelectoral 
strength was minimized through 
property laws. 

Since then, the country has split 
into factions which include the Irish 
Republican Army and the Ulster 
Freedom Fighters, and the violence 
has led to over 3000 deaths. 
McAliskey described a country in 
serious trouble, especially in the 
near future. “My 22 year-old daugh¬ 
ter has no knowledge of a peaceful 
movement for change. She and her 
friends are stopped by the police 
two and three times a day for sim¬ 
ply moving around, and to her it’s 
normal. It limits your ability to think 

The prevalence of violence in 
everyday life is something else af¬ 
fecting that generation. “The gov¬ 
ernment rules militarily; society 
functions militarily... that is why 
there is a tendency for young people 
to resolve problems militarily... the 
legacy of these 25 years is not to 
limit the non-military way out, but 
limit the ability to envision it,” she 

The British government refuses 

to include Gerry Adams in talks 
until he guarantees an end to cur¬ 
rent and future IRA violence. 
McAliskey avoided condemning 
the attacks perpetrated by the IRA, 
and instead pointed to the violence 
of the loyalists and the army, say¬ 
ing, “Everyone is a gunman. I sug¬ 
gest people stop talking about who 
they’re not going to talk to and let 
everyone speak.” 


(continuedfrom page I) 

this can be sustained remains. This 
issue is one that the council has 
pondered for some time, and an 
. issue that is an important concern to 
the campus. Brendan O’Leary ran 
for Student Government Associa¬ 
tion president last year on a plat¬ 
form that included an active role in 
the reviewing of the financial aid 

O’Leary has spent lime analyz¬ 
ing numbers and different systems, 
and he is still working to gather all 
the information available. The 
Board of Trustees will be review¬ 
ing the financial aid policy this Feb¬ 
ruary, and O’ Leary intends to have 
a full report prepared for the board 
at that time, including a list of po¬ 
tential problems, as well as a series 
of feasible, positive solutions. 

The council also addressed prob¬ 
lem situations that have already 
arisen. One type involves some of 
the work-study programs. Some 
students have found it 
unmanageably exhausting to fulfill 
all of the hours that are sometimes 
reqoired to earn the amount of 
money that they need. A number of 
students socio-ecooomkaliy de¬ 

scribed as “middle class” have 
slipped through the cracks. Every 
student on financial aid is faced 
with the reality that, next year, aid 
may not be there. 

Financial aid has been a high 
priority in the past, according to 
John Emerson, Vice President of 
Student Affairs. All of those in¬ 
volved in reviewing this policy are 
taking great strides toward prevent¬ 
ing the deterioration of the college's 
ability to give all students a chance 
to gain the “Middlebury experi¬ 
ence,” no matter what socio-eco¬ 
nomic bracket they may fall under. 
“Our commitment to financial aid 
is one of the most important choices 
that Middlebury has made It is 
important to the future of 
Middlebury and its success in the 
future,” said Emerson. 


(continued from page I) 

the group. “I think there are better 
ways to convey a message,” one 
junior remarked. “One message 
isn't bad, but pretty soon every 
group on campus will start doing 
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11 m 

Ann Hanson, dean of students, 
expressed a similar opinion. “I think 
there are some good things to think 
about, however I don’t encourage 
defacing college property. You 
could see how it could get to be an 
issue.” she said. “There are many 
other places to convey information 
about these issues such as bulletin 
boards around campus and The 
Campus newspaper.” Hansoo also 
suggested identifying certain walk¬ 
ways on campus where students 
could express “chalk thoughts.” 


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Thursday, October 29,1993 OPINIONS 

Rational paralysis plagues Rohrer and campus 

Paging through The Campus last 
week, an Opinions article by W. 
Clay Rohrer entitled “Boredom and 
pettiness rule campus” caught my 
eye. I expected, as the title might 
imply, that Mr. Rohrer would at¬ 
tack the apathy of students on 
Middlebury’s campus. Instead, 1 
discovered that he not only fails to 
raise the issue, but he promotes 
greater stagnation and indifference. 
Anytime anyone at Middlebury 
starts attacking the school and la¬ 
beling it as lifeless, boring, or the 
“land of no cheer,” as Mr. Rohrer 
chose to name it, 1 ask myself, what 
has gone wrong with their 
Middlebury experience to make 
them hate it so much here? 

Middlebury has so much to of¬ 
fer, even if you do not love the 
outdoors. My visit to Williams this 
weekend assured me that our social 
life far surpasses what Williams 
has to offer. Not only the limited 
selection, but also the limited live¬ 
liness of the parties there made me 
all the more anxious to get back to 
Middlebury. Focusing just on so¬ 
cial life does not do justice to all 
that is Middlebury. Middlebury of¬ 
fers a beautiful campus and an in¬ 
spiring academic environment that 
too often stands in the shadow of 
the supposed social life crisis. 

The greatness of Middlebury 
aside, two things greatly disturbed 
me when I read Mr. Rohrer’s ar¬ 
ticle. First, he simply presents a 
contradictory list of his complaints 
without setting forth any construc¬ 
tive argument. Second, he states 
that The Campus does its job well. 

I do not disagree with this, but I do 
question its decision to include Mr. 
Rohrer’s article. 

Mr. Rohrer can only find fault 
with Middlebury. Rather than pro¬ 
pose a solution to the problem he 
sees, he simply rambles about beer 
and Britain and anarchy. Instead of 
spending time writing an article for 
The Campus that is better suited for 
his diary, he could have devoted the 
same time to outlining a series of 
solutions to problems he sees with 

As it is, he spends his time advo¬ 
cating the very same condition that 
he claims to loathe. His implicit call 
for an alleviation of the boredom 
and pettiness on campus loses all 
credibility when he yearns for 
“...some chemically induced stupor 
to blot it all out again.” What differ¬ 
ence should it make to anyone else 
if he is bored or not, if, rather than 
doing something about it, he wants 
to remove himself entirely from the 
situation here and return to the pubs 
in England? 

The truly disappointing part of 
his article was his call for anarchy. 
What Mr. Rohrer, still caught in his 
adolescent daydreams, fails to real¬ 
ize, is that without the Student Gov¬ 
ernment Association, without par¬ 
tisan politics and without The Cam¬ 
pus, he would have had no forum 
where he could have voiced his 
views. He also would not have the 
opportunities that Middlebury of¬ 
fers him, die same opportunities he 
seems to have forgotten. 

Next, The Campus’ decision to 
include this opinion article makes 
me wonder if they have enough 

submissions to fill the paper. Mr. 
Rohrer is fully entitled to his opin¬ 
ion, but the Opinions section of The 
Campus should not be the recep¬ 
tacle for personal gripes and illogi¬ 
cal spouting. The Campus should 
be a forum for constructive debate 
of issues that affect the whole stu¬ 
dent body, not about one student’s 

temporary literature? In this vein, I 
would like to thank Brent Cossrow 
’94 for taking a rational look at 
sexualityTn his article from two 
weeks ago. The topics for discus¬ 
sion are limitless. We only need to 
incorporate more of these topics 
into our thought, rather than beat¬ 
ing the sametopics to death. We are 

My fear is that people have forgotten how to 
rationally debate an issue. Confrontation and 
difference of opinion have become taboo. By 
opinion , I do not mean unsubstantiated 
emotional reaction. I mean rational argument... 

desire to return to a few pints of 
Bass Ale in some dark British pub. 
The Opinions section has the po¬ 
tential to foster stimulating thought 
and greater intellectual interaction 
between students, but only if it re¬ 
serves its space for articles that in¬ 
cite intelligent debate. 

The discussion by no means 
needs to limit itself to social houses, 
diversity or sexual preference. Why 
do we not devote more time to dis¬ 
cussing education in America, orto 
a discussion of friendship or-toCort- 

all intelligent people here. Why do 
we not demonstrate that a little more 
often, by making the editorials in 
The Campus more representative 
of Middlebury’s reputation as a 
great academic institution? 

My fear is that people have for¬ 
gotten how to rationally debate an 
issue. It scares me even more to 
think that our generation may have 
nevereven learned such skills. Con¬ 
frontation and difference of opin¬ 
ion have become taboo. By opin¬ 
ion, I do not mean unsubstantiated 

emotional reaction. I mean rational 
argument, supported by factual evi¬ 
dence. In our day of political cor- ' 
redness, arguing a belief contrary 
to mainstream thought has appar¬ 
ently become too /isky and too 

The thought that we might of¬ 
fend someone simply by standing 
upforourconvictions has degraded 
conversation to talk of beer and 
whether Jerry Garcia is the Anti¬ 

More seriously, this paralysis of 
conversation is rapidly leading to 
the extinction of all personal con¬ 
viction. Conviction cannot just sud¬ 
denly come to someone. Thought 
about a given subject must exist 
To stimulate this thought, more 
ideas must be made known to the 
public, to the student body. The 
larger the variety of intelligent and 
rational articles that appear in The 
Campus, the more stimulating 
Middlebury will be, even for those 
who have previously been rendered 
^ impotent by a stagnant campus. 

Middlebury can be best 

If you were 31 years old, had a 
steady career, a comfortable home 
of your own, a car and relatively 
few financial problems, would you 
give them up to visit a distant coun¬ 
try with a foreign education sys¬ 
tem, to live among students most of 
whom were almost half your age? 
And, despite the hard work, the late 
nights, being woken up at 2, 3 and 
4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday morn¬ 
ings by the incessant noise of par¬ 
ties, would you come out saying 
that the M iddlebury experience was 
“the best four years of my life”? I 
doubt it. However that is my verdict 
on my Middlebury College career. 

I found it to be the most academi¬ 
cally challenging and socially dy¬ 
namic experience that I had ever 

Then, of course, there’s 
Middlebury’s physical location. 
There is no contest in the choice of 
where I want to be between London 
or Middlebury. To wake up as I did 
every morning for three years and 
look from the sixth floor of Hadley 
over the Adirondack Mountains, 
and then to walk up over the rise by 
Pearsons and see the view over the 
' Green Mountains, made me think, 
every day, “It’s good to be alive.” 
Lastly, of course, there are those 
magnificent sunsets. The physical 
environment here is something that 
one should never stop taking ad¬ 
vantage of. Look around. See the 
beauty. Treasure the moments. It is 
one of the saddest facts that return¬ 
ing alumni have to face; the fact 
that they never really took advan¬ 
tage of Middlebury. 

If that is not enough. Ipt’s begin 
with the intellectual side of this 
Middlebury College. To have an 
advisor (Paul Nelson) as a friend 
and to ask him “which professors 
would you recommend if you had 
the opportunity to do this college 
thing," and to have him give me a 
list that I still haven’t exhausted, 
nor would be likely to if I could 

afford another four years here, is a 
wonderful thing. To be able to sit 
down with a multitude of vastly 
talented students, talking about 
music with Russian majors, poli¬ 
tics with physic majors, philosophy 
with artists, is extraordinary; to be 
able to engage inr discussions with 
intelligent and articulate students 
from any one of thirty countries, 
about matters of substances is a 
pleasure and a luxury that I already 
miss. You will seldom, ifever, have 
that possibility again. 

With regard to the social inter¬ 
action, to have one’s prejudices 
swept away (and you really don’t 

Do / regret anything 
that I have done here? 
Not at all... 

Middlebury was 
everything and more 
than 1 ever dreamed it 
could be. 

get much more cynical and en¬ 
trenched individuals who refuse to 
admit to their prejudices than city 
policemen) by persons of different 
cultures, different colo, and differ¬ 
ent sexual orientations, and not feel 
threatened by them, is truly an edu¬ 
cation. I am grateful to the Ralph 
Boones, Vernon Johnsons, Bemie 
Martis, Ofelia Barrios, the Geoffrey 
Spencers, Bradley Fell, and a host 
of others from this college who 
were open minded enough to ac¬ 
cept me as being different. They 
were the individuals who made me 
realize how prejudiced I was. As a 
well known song from the film 
“South Pacific” stales, 

“You’ve got to be carefully 
taught to hale and fear, You’ve got 
to be taught from year to year, It’s 
got to be drummed in your dear 
little ear. You’ve got lo be carefully 
taught. You've got to be taught lo 
be afraid of people whose eyes are 

.Luke Schaeffer ’94 

time of life 

oddly made. And people whose skin 
is a different shade. You’ve got to 
be carefully taught. You’ve got to 
be taught before its too late before 
you are six or seven or eight to hate 
all the people your relatives hate. 
You ’ve got lo he carefully taught ” 

That was me, und it took a long 
time to acknowledge it. Middlebury 
gave me a new perspective and, 
through that, my life has been en¬ 

It’s not just these people who 
made my Middlebury experience 
incredible. Its the rest of you. I am 
not a scholar; I am not a jock; I am 
not an artist; I am not an adolescent 
But you made me feel at home, 
made me feel accepted, something 
that I had never truly felt before, 

Do 1 miss it despite remaining 
here as an Resident Housing Assis¬ 
tant (RHA)? You bet your sweet 
life I do. I envy the incoming first- 
year students the fact that they re¬ 
ally do not know the possibilities 
that exist for them here in their four 
years which are ahead of them, and 
really do not yet appreciate what a 
truly wonderful place this is. This 
place is about challenging yourself, 
challenging your own perceptions, 
and challenging eacp other, seeing 
if the values and truths that you 
hold on to are really true and are 
really worth having. That is why 
Middlebury is, and should be, a 
dynamic place. This in itself is a 
luxury, one that you will not find 

I’ve now crossed the tracks and 
recognize that there is no going 
back. Seldom will there be that same 
dynamic energy to feed on as I had 
as a student. I am already aware of 
it. I am already back in the real 
world that I escaped four years ago, 
the world where conversation re¬ 
volves around the pressure of work, 
the wife and kids, the mortgage and 
the telephone bills, the football/ 
baseball results, h's sad. 

(continued on page 7) 

Tiffany (Tallin 

Newt Mkor 
Feature* KdUtr 
Feature* Editor 
Art* Edttar 


Redefining student leadership 

Middlebury College spends a great deal of energy promoting student 
leadership, To that end, trustees and administrators often talk about the 
i mportance of fostering an increased sense of responsibility and account¬ 
ability among students. In order to accomplish this, though, is the answer 
really the creation of new student positions on councils and committees, 
as has been the recent trend, or does the solution have more to do with 
self-motivation that must come from individuals? 

Some argue that the first method has been successful, pointing to the 
Commons System and its facilitation of 60 new leadership roles. They 
also praise the social houses for providing students with the opportunity 
to take charge of autonomous organizations. However, the commons 
have led students to do little more than help plan barbecues and lectures, 
events which are noteworthy, but hardly examples of bold leadership in 
action. Likewise, the heads of the social houses, who comprise the Inter- 
House Council (IHC), have only taken the first steps toward prominent 
leadership roles in the community. Although the IHC did show initiative 
in raising important issues earlier this month, they have since retreated, 
and students have been left to wonder why. 

In light of these shortcomings, perhaps a different process, through 
which students step forward of their own accord, is a more effective way 
for individuals to become leaders. One needs to look no further than 
events at a recent Student Government Association (SGA) meeting to 
support this conclusion. 

Amidst all of the confusion surrounding the now tabled social house 
bil I, one student stepped forward and raised another issue with a clear and 
concise presentation that impressed all in attendance. Will Dobson ’94 
came to the SGA with a request for funding to support a new inter¬ 
collegiate student advisory counsel consisting of representatives from 
Middlebury and similar colleges. Dobson explained exactly why the 
counsel would be helpful, detailed how he had already laid the ground¬ 
work with leaders from other schools, and asked the SGA for their 
support. They gave it unanimously. 

It is important to note that Will Dobson is not the only example of 
leadership on this campus, and that many in formal positions are doing 
a good job. However, it is equally valuable to recognize that with enough 
initiative, individual students have the capacity to lead regardless of the 
official titles they may or may not hold. 

To a large degree, the ball is in the students’ court. Taking into account 
Dobson’s success, others should realize that they too can take their ideas, 
formulate a comprehensive plan and go to the SGA with hopes of 
accomplishing something significant. Examples of this have already 
been evident in the recent efforts by two groups of students to form new 
social houses which will help fill the void in social life that presently 
exists on campus. 

As for those already in leadership positions, they must make the most 
of the opportunity they have been given. Being a commons council 
representative or a social house president will not automatically make a 
student a leader. As a community we should encourage people to 
redefine the boundaries of their roles by constantly assuming new 
responsibilities. It is tor this reason that SGA President Brendan O’Leary 
deserves praise. His decision to devote a serious amount of time and 
energy to the financial aidissueisanexampleofaleadersteppingbeyond 
his normal duties. At the end of the year, financial aid could very well be 
the most important issue that O’Leary has tackled as president. 

Student initiative is the key to student leadership whether it comes 
from those in or out of formal organizations. There are examples of 
success and reasons to be encouraged; what is needed is widespread 
belief among students that they can truly make a difference. 

W)t idftbleburp Campus 

Savodnik sinks under contradictions 

Editor in Chief 
James M. Oleske 

Business Manager 
Edward Y. Soh 

Managing Editor 
Katharine Loon 

Production Manager 
Katie Roberts 

“I believe in liberty and equal¬ 
ity; Mr. Sakellarios believes in the 
Soviet Union.” So ends Peter 
Savodnik’s editorial “Collegiate ir¬ 
rationality continues in health care 
response,” published in the Oct. 21 
issue of The Campus. Wow! That is 
some pair of statements and a pair 
worthy of consideration; perhaps 
worthy of more than we can permit 
ourselves here. Nonetheless, with¬ 
out making this a game of seman¬ 
tics, I think it important to show 
that these two statements are open 
to varying interpretations and that 
these differing interpretations bear 
significantly on the issue that 
brought Mr. Savodnik and me to 
this crossroads in the first place, 
namely health care. 

First, let us consider Mr. 
Savodnik’s affirmation of his de¬ 
votion to “liberty and equality.” 
This is indeed an admirable state¬ 
ment, and I say this in all sincerity. 
However, there is a problem. For as 
we know, the meanings of these 
twowords(i.e. liberty and equality) 
have been, since the beginning of 
Western, nay human, history, so 
differently interpreted and so con¬ 
troversially contested that they do 
not easily lend themselves to a 
simple and immediate recognition 
of what the author has in mind. May 
1 be so bold as to infer — if I have 
correctly understood Mr. 
Savodnik’s article (and he must 
forgive me if I have not)—what he 

It is my sense that his under¬ 
standing of liberty and equality is 
that described in the Declaration of 
Independence; that is a modern lib¬ 
eral democratic concept of govern¬ 
ment as the guarantor of certain 
“inalienable rights,” which include 
“life, liberty, and the pursuit of hap¬ 

Now taking the first of these 
rights (i.e. life), could it not be 
argued that health care constitutes 
an essential part in the preservation 
of life? And further that if “all men 
are created equal” then at no time in 
their life should they be denied ac¬ 
cess to that which will preserve and 
prolong that life; namely health 
care? Regardless of economic con¬ 
dition (for an inalienable right pre¬ 
cludes discrimination on the basis 
of economic standing)? On this ac¬ 
count it would seem that I too be¬ 
lieve in liberty and equality, even if 
my definition entails a larger role 
for the institution of government. 

The second statement — “Mr. 
Sakellarios believes in the Soviet 
Union” — is equally open to inter¬ 
pretation and thus problematic: Do 
I, in some way, secretly long for a 
return of the Soviet Union; do I 
believe in some surviving, undying 
Soviet ideology; or, as I infer based 
on the content of the last paragraph, 
is Mr. Savodnik calling my 
Americanness into question? The 
statement that “Mr. Sakellarios has 
no desire to improve that [Ameri¬ 
can] system; his object is to revolu¬ 
tionize a society he believes inher¬ 
ently corrupt,” seems to support the 
third of these claims. 

And yet here too there is a major 
inconsistency in Mr. Savodnik’s 
reasoning. Having denounced me 
as a revolutionary in his concluding 
statements, one is puzzled upon re¬ 
ferring back to a previous state¬ 
ment: “Mr. Sakellarios has no ideo¬ 
logical, political or economic basis 
for any of the rhetoric he spouts,” 
which ostensibly contradicts it. I 
ask Mr. Savodnik—if I were out to 
“revolutionize,” what are the 
chances that I would have no “ideo¬ 
logical, political or economic ba¬ 

Indeed he underscores the flaw 
in his argument when later he as¬ 
serts, “our differences lie... in po¬ 
litical philosophy.” 

Frankly, this second statement 
is not as interesting as the first, and 
too far beneath me to entice me to 
respond to it with much elan. 

Let me just say that at some 
point Mr. Savodnik should come to 
terms with the fact that because 
someone advocates social legisla¬ 
tion, it does not necessarily presup¬ 
pose “a deep-rooted contempt for 
American democracy and western 
liberalism.” After all, that would 
put Franklin Roosevelt, John 
Kennedy and Bill Clinton in the 
same category. 

As per the rest of the article, I 
could go through it line by line to 
point out its inconsistencies and 
outright contradictions, but a cer¬ 
tain desire to not have this article 
sound like a schoolchild’s list of 
grievances prevents me from doing 

I will not, for example, mention 
that he accuses me of “exploiting 
right-wing intolerance” while he 
concludes his article by branding 
me a pro-Soviet revolutionary. Nor 
will I look at statements such as 
“whether or not President Clinton 
successfully insures the 37 million 
Americans who are currently 
uninsured in this country misses 
the point.” Then what is the point? 
These statements speak for them¬ 

All this having been told, I can 
only hope that Mr. Savodnik keeps 
writing articles well into the next 
century and keeps on being pub¬ 
lished. For unbeknownst to him, he 
is the Democratic Party’s best 

Nicholas Sakellarios ’94 

Thursday, October 29,1993 


Diaz reaffirms positive 
Latino contributions 

I am responding to Angel Diaz’s 
letter. Unlike him, my name is Sayra 
Denise Pinto (yes, that’s it). Unlike 
him, 1 am a woman. (For those of 
you who cannot stand the fact that 1 
am just a woman, you can add “of 
color” behind the word “woman.”) 
Unlike him, I am a Honduran- 
American. Unlike him, I cannot 
really dance that well. I am not as 
gorgeous as he is (if I am allowed to 
comment upon his humanity). I am 
also a Latina/Hispanic/spic (for 
some of you). Above all, Angel and 
1 are valuable people, like every 
member of the Alianza 
Latinamericana Y Caribena. 

Angel spoke as a leader, as a 
scholar should, and as a person who 
carries himself with dignity, who is 
not afraid of speaking, who Can 
love a great deal and who can also 
rejoice when he sees goodness 
abound around him. He spoke like 
every Alianza member does, each 
in a different way, with different 
words, with different concepts, but 
as a leader, who is in process of 
becoming the parent of a better 
America; as a leader who is now, 
like all of us, dealing with the pain 
of being its child. 

Alianza members are not walk¬ 
ing gods and goddesses, we are just 

Unlike [Angel], I am a woman. (For those of you 
who cannot stand the fact that / am just a 
woman, you can add “of color” behind the word 

One of the first comments I heard 
on this campus among even my 
own classmates had to do with af¬ 
firmative action. Every now and 
then I hear the argument: “I went to 
Andover and I got As and she got 
Cs and still got in.” Guess what? 
She knows two cultures inside out; 
do you? She speaks two languages, 
one of them learned almost com¬ 
pletely by herself as a poor illiterate 
immigrant. Think twice. Every per¬ 
son of color on this campus is a 
winner al ready and should be treated 
as such. And so they should treat 

Thus, the Alianza belongs to its 
members, including its political 
agenda, which is; Middlebury is 
also my college, and thus I have the 
right to an appropriate education 
given my identity, socially, psy¬ 
chologically and academically (this 
is not necessarily the same as a 
“Middlebury education,” you 
know). And so every member, re¬ 
gardless of his skin color, sex, sexual 
orientation, class and language, is a 
leader. _ 


(continued from page 5) 

So why am I still hanging on? 
Am I afraid of letting go? Perhaps. 
One never likes to let a good thing 
go. Do I still want the intellectual 
stimulation as well as the fun party 
stuff? Sure. 

But what 1 want to see most is 
that the people here have as enjoy¬ 
able a time as 1 have had I have 
never been bored at Middlebury. 
Intellectually there was and still is 
something always going on (some¬ 
times there is too much); in the area 
of sports, similarly, there is always 
something going on (though I have 
never taken advantage of it); in the 
realm of the party world there is 
always something going on (I have 
taken advantage of these, and my 

first year and sophomore grades will 
permanently reflect that fact). 

If you came here as a student 
expecting everything to be laid out 
on a plate, there might be a problem. 
Rules and regulations have changed 
in the four years I’ve been here, but 
students, if they are inventive 
enough, have never had a problem 

people, good people. We have our 
biases and tons of developmental 
experiences to walk through. Can 
we be respected as growing people 
too? Can we be forgiven for not 
teaching what people are not will¬ 
ing to teach themselves about what 
it takes to be just? Can we be for¬ 
given for acting out our anger too? 
Can we be seen as worthy students 
despite the fact that we are only 
human? Can we be taught in ways 
that do not make us teachers or 
healers? Can we be taught in ways 
that do not make us invisible even 
to ourselves? Can we be taught in 
ways that foster our success and 
that no longer represent an obstacle 
for learning? Can you make sure 
this happens? 

You see, Alianza members are 
already doing what they can. After 
all, we are still here, although many 
others should be here now and are 
not. Thank you, Angel, for letting 
people know that we are valuable 
people too. 

_ Sayra Pinto *95 

The change from fraternities to 
social houses did make a great dif¬ 
ference in the social life (one can’t 
ignore that), but the new social 
houses and the Commons System 
can be complimentary and benefi¬ 
cial. For those who have inherited 
the change, whether that be for good 
or for bad, they have to move and 
adapt to the shift in dynamics. One 
just has to know how to use the 
machinery and that means getting 
involved in them. As I have said 
before, students' forte has always 
been their inventiveness. 

Am I ever frustrated at what 
goes on here? Of course. If you are 
engaged, then there is an automatic 
sense of frustration. I have my own 
idea of where Middlebury is, where 
it is going and where it should be 

That. I bold on to my view that 
these is a difference between the 
last two, does not necessarily mean 
thatlam correctThe differing opin¬ 
ions present the correct dynamics 
to ensure that this continues to be a 
stimulating place. I believe that there 
are the cpcrect forums available to 
dtsonts the issues, and, so long as 

During the first free time I have 
had since the beginning of Septem¬ 
ber, I sat down tp watch CNN, a 
relatively quick and non-taxing 
source of news. I realized that, as 
usual, 1 had become out of touch 
with the real world outside of 
Middlebury. “Crossfire” was on and 
as usual Pat Buchanan was denounc¬ 
ing the actions of every member of 
the Democratic Party. “So what’s 
new?” I thought to myself. Well, 
since 1 was last in touch with real¬ 
ity, a lot. The U.S. Congress was 
debating a bill which would require 
the President to request authoriza¬ 
tion in order to mobilize troops to 
move into Haiti. This whole con¬ 
cept to me was not only unconstitu¬ 
tional but also hypocritical on the 
part of a majority of the Republican 

When Reagan mobilized U.S. 
troops in Lybia and Grenada, when 
Bush moved troops into Saudia 
Arabia and initiated the Gulf War. 
Republican senators and represen¬ 
tatives were not running off de¬ 
manding that the President, as Com¬ 
mander in Chief of the armed forces, 
check with them first. So why now? 
It appears that once again members 
of Congress are playing party poli-. 
tics games instead of dealing with 
the real issues! 

Be it in Bosnia, Haiti, Somalia 
or any w here e 1 se for that matte r, t he 
mainquestion we should all be ask¬ 
ing is: Why is the U.S. government 


(continuedfrom page 5) 

it with a system more in tune with 
our core values. 

Mr. Karios: Oh dear, how in-, 
credibly disappointing it is to hear 
those words again, Mr. Savod. You 
are clearly trying to use outdated 
rhetoric to bully people into agree¬ 
ing with you, lest they be pegged a 
socialist. What needs to be done is 
to get the control away from those 
who worry solely about the bottom 

The bean counters look exclu¬ 
sively at cost effectiveness, not 

openly, forthrightly and honestly, 
the college will continue to move in 
a positive direction. 

Do I regret anything that I have 
done here? Not at all, except the 
fact that the period as a student was 
all too brief. Middlebury was ev¬ 
erything and more than I ever 
dreamed it could be.That brings me 
back to the issue of students frustra¬ 
tion. Don’tautomatically blame Old 
Chapel. Look to the outside as well 
as to yourselves. 

Increased pressure from the Fed¬ 
eral Government, as well as local 
agencies, means that students have 
to take more responsibility for their 
actions. Old Chapel is not and has 
never been the “fun police.” 

Many of the changes in the area 
of social life have been implemented 
through and with student participa¬ 
tion. The histories that led to the 
changes are often overlooked. For 
example, there were eight students 
on the committee that gave birth to 
the Commons System. The Com¬ 
mons System is supposed to give 
more control to students. Slot;id 
personal involvement not be an 

involved? If we dig deep enough I 
would doubt that the answer would 
be humanitarian aid or the advance¬ 
ment of democracy. The fact of the 
matter is that in most cases the 
troops sent by the U.S. government 
are not wanted by the peoples who 
are supposedly receiving the aid. 
So why? The truth of the matter is 
that I cannot answer that question. 
Although I would make a strong 
assumption that there are hidden 
political agendas, that are not made 

Como Coco 

cAftrtl (Parti 

readily available to the U.S. public. 

As people starve all over the 
Third World and U.S. troops are 
sent to intervene in only one or two 
nations, this cannot be a simple 
question of humanitarian aid. Why 
Somalia and not Paraguay or India? 
While I do believe that wealthier 
nations do have a responsibility to 
work toward solving the problems 
of world hunger and poverty, I 
would question the method.ology. 
Are U N. peacekeeping forces re¬ 
ally keeping peace or aggravating 
already explosive situations? It is 
important to understand that the 
U.S. flag is not viewed with respect 
and welcomed happily everywhere 
on the globe. In fact, it can be highly 

caring if the students at this institu¬ 
tion go hungry. Give a student com¬ 
mittee control of the dining menu, 
and we’ll be assured of good food. 

Mr. Savod: A beautiful idea, 
Mr. Karios, and how do you pro¬ 
pose to pay for the skyrocketing 
food costs that will assuredly ac¬ 
company such a restructuring? 

Mr. Karios: There are a number 
of different measures that could 
cover this “cost increase.” For ex¬ 
ample, there will undoubtedly be a 
surplus of revenue if J-termiselimi- 
nated. Without J-term, there would 
only be two semesters a year in- 
stead of three, so the school would 
know how you feel and what you 

When I went around my dorms - 
Hepburn, Gifford and Hillcrest - at 
the beginning of my year, I asked 
residents to bring me suggestions 
of what they wanted to do at any of 
the three levels, college, commons 
or dormitory. 

I made it even easier by saying 
that I would either assist them in the 
necessary arrangements, or would 
do most of the arranging if they did 
not have time. The offers of accep¬ 
tance to that challenge, regrettably, 
have been pitifully few. All I have 
asked is that those who offer sug¬ 
gestions commit to attending and 
supporting the event they suggest. I 
am not saying that I or the com¬ 
mons will be able to do everything, 
but together, we might be able to do 
something more than what seems 
to be going on now. If you really 
want to experience the best that 
Midtflebury has to offer, get in¬ 
volved and be adventurous. It is 
only through these means that you 
loo may look at these as “the best 
four yean of your life.” 

resented and attacked. Under the 
guise of supporting self determi¬ 
nation, U.S. troops invaded 
Grenada, ousting a democratically 
elected government. At the same 
time nothing has been done in 
Mexico, a nation whose ruling 
party has been accused of election 
fraud for decadesa 

Call me a cynic. I have little 
faith in the altruism of govern¬ 
ments. Whatever the actual reason 
for these “peace missions," it all 
boils down to some version of "na¬ 
tional security.” The problem w ith 
this is the false presentation of 
reality that allows the general popu¬ 
lation to shrug it off and leave the 
decision to someone else. 

I still believe it unconstitutional 
to require the President to obtain 
congressional approval in order to 
mobilize the troops. However, if 
he chooses to do so, I also believe 
the real reasoning should be made 

The public should-become 
aware of what government is do¬ 
ing on an international scale. As 
the world gets smaller and smaller, 
those nations, such as the United 
States, that fall into the category of 
“wealthy" must begin to take re¬ 
sponsibility for past action that is 
affecting today's world. This re¬ 
quires acting in an intelligent man¬ 
ner and taking actions that will 
lead to solutions rather than pro¬ 
long problems. 

spend less money. 

This money could be used to 
ensure that students get the best 
food money can buy. 

Mr. Savod: It is precisely this 
kind of thinking that proves that 
your idea is utterly ridiculous You, 
Mr. Karios, offend the very prin¬ 
ciples upon which this great land of 
ours was founded! 

Mr. Karios: Oh yeah, well you 
are nothing more than a red-bait¬ 
ing, McCarthy wanna-be instiga¬ 

You don’t care what the stu¬ 
dents eat; you just want to absolve 
the college of any responsibility for 
providing Middlebury students with 
the best food money can buy! 

Mr. Savod: Great, that’s just 
great. You clearly have no ideo¬ 
logical, political or economic basis 
for your inane mutterings. Your 
goal is nothing less than the institu¬ 
tion of Communism in this great 
land of ours, and I won't stand for 

At this point I felt myself regain¬ 
ing consciousness. The last thing I 
remember of my dream was Mr. 
Savod parading about with the 
American flag, singing “America 
the Beautiful” at the topof his lungs, 
and Mr. Karios chasing after him 
screaming, “Red- Baiter!" and “Re¬ 
member the Hollywood Ten!” 

Whatever this vision may mean, 
I hope for the sake of my stomach 
and yours that the meal plan system 
is changed. I think that Mr. Savod’s 
idea of a point-system would be 

It would be so nice to be able to 
call up Pizza Cellar and charge it to 
a meal card. It would not be any 
extra cost to die students, and the 
co m pre h e n sive fee would be less 
since students would pny a separate 
amount for food, at thsir discretion. 


Thursday, October 29,1993 

Communist victory shows strength of Polish democracy 

more than made up for-the gross ter out, pandemonium could result, 
inefficiency of its bureaucracy incited by a militant and danger- 
(which, these young minds thought, ously stubborn extreme right What 
could always be reformed). As my is good, however, is the fact that 
grandfather pointed out to me, the Polandcanexperiencedividedgov- 
peopleinpowernowrepresentfresh emment and controversial election 
blood, not the old stagnant func- results without the kind of fiasco 
tionarie's of the past decades. The we saw in Russia. 

Prime Minister, Waldemar Pawlak, Perhaps this marks the birth of a 

was once an ally of Walesa, and stable two-party system in Poland, 
served as head of the government as political lines become more 
fora brief span of time. Nolongeris clearly drawn. The more contro- 
the left a tyrant—instead, it repre- versial and difficult elections a de- 
scntsmanyofthedisillusionedPoles mocracy survives, the more en- 
whofeelthatthingsaregoingdown- trenched the democratic tradition 
hill. becomes, and the rosier the pros- 

In these elections especially, the pects for continued democratic rule 
nascent ri ght i s the most worrisome become. 

political force. Completely isolated Instead of seeing Red, Ameri- 
from the Parliament after the elec- cans must now look towards East- 

tions, there is no telling what levels em Europe with the same careful 

of frenzy they may be driven to, consideration they give to our more 

having once tasted power. The presi- affluent neighbors in the West. With 

dent may well find them useful in continued support for capitalism and 

his continual attempts to gain more democracy from the United States, 

power. Indeed, the complete defeat regardless of the ideological stripe 

ofaquasi-presidential party formed of the governments involved, the 

by Walesa (similar to United We countries of Eastern Europe can 

Stand here in the States) was a vie- look forward to the full promise of 

tory for the principles of democ- two-party democracy: periodic al- 

racy that went unnoticed by the temation between two extremes of 

press in light of the surprising elec- bureaucratic incompetence creat- 

tion results. ing stability, growth, liberty and 

All this is not to say that these justice for all. 
election results are a great thing. 

Certainly, if economic reforms pe- Maciej Ceglowski ’96 

we are out of college and our insu- months spent under police surveil- 
lated community. A careful analy- lance during Communist rule as 
sis of the apparent return of leftist badges of honor) which threatened 
rule in both countries at this point in to bring the new regime down 
: history may serve to avert conflict through bickering and plain stu- 
and potential disaster in the near pidity. 

future. At one point,even Lech Walesa 

It is curious that both Poland and (our Ross Perot-like president and 
Lithuania, the first countries to leave firebrand of the Solidarity move¬ 
file Eastern Bloc and the Soviet mentofold) was accused of having 
Union, respectively, are also the been an informant for the Polish 

...imagine for a moment that while studying 
abroad in sunny Warsaw in the fall of ’96, you 
read in the Gazeta Wyborcza that Nixon had 
been re-elected president through a mass write-in 
campaign, winning 70 percent of the popular 

version of the KGB. Coalitions rose 
and fell, accomplishing little of 
value and generally succeeding in 
ticking the country off, a topic 1 
covered in my last article. 

The only bright point in Polish 
politics was the fact that the coun¬ 
try had not wavered from its “shock 
therapy” economic plan, which 
brought Poland the highest growth 
rate in Europe;* and which also 
brought poverty, unemployment, 
and uncertainty to a country where 
everyone had once been guaran¬ 
teed a job —at least in theory (old 
Polish maxim: “Your week’spay is 
yours to keep, whether you work or 
whether you sleep”). 

Understandably, unemployment 
rates as high as 30 percent with no 
hope in sight, as well as recent farm 
reforms that have sent the value of 
crops pi ummeting, caused the Poles 
to say “enough is enough” and wish 
that sqme things had not changed. 

This does not mean that the old 
guard is back in power. In looking 
at the history of Communist Eu¬ 
rope, one must remember that al¬ 
most- all reform movements came 
from within the various parties in 
power. Young minds with a bent 
towards idealism and politics had 
always been attracted to the Party, 
whose worthy goa> of Communism 

Bi-Cultural Center aids 
strengthening of bonds 

The Bi-Cultural Center, at 1. Whitesjudents wouldnotfeel 
Fletcher House, is there to provide comfortable in a living situation 
a nurturing, positive environment where they are the minority, 
for those who care to learn about 2. White students really couldn't 
Latino and African diaspora cul- care less about living in the center. 

We are a part of this community , yet we still seek 
group bonding. Many people do. Add to that the 
fact that, by virtue of the way we look, we are 
living each day with inherent racism. 

lures. It is there to breakdown bar- 3,Orwhitestudentsarenotaware 
riers and to build bridges. Everyone that they could apply to live in the 
is welcome at this center. This cen- center. 

ter also has a living component, a If the reason for no Caucasian 
library with books dealing with ar- applicants is reason #1 or #2, it 
eas and issues germane to the Latino shows exactly why we need a leam- 
and African diaspora population, ing center focusing on people of 
as well asatiny kitchen from which color. 

a myriad of smells emanate at vari- If, however, Caucasian students 
ous times. do not apply because of #3... now 

One purpose of the Bi-Cultural you know! 

Center is to expose Middlebury Not only is the center a place of 
College to other cultures, and allow learning, it is also a haven for people 
all a vehicle for accurately sam- not completely accepted, valued or 
pling and experiencing life seen appreciated by the dominant cul- 
through a different filter. , ture. In this house, as at the infa- 

The center is by no means, a way mous “Black Table,” we find people 
to segregate ourselves. Nor is it an with whom we share common 
attempt at separatism. Anyone who ground. We are open to new friends 
is interested is encouraged to apply and new experiences. We are a part 
to live here. There has not been a of this community, yet we still seek 
consciouseffort on the part of Latino group bonding. Many people do. 
or African diaspora students to dis- Add to that the fact that, by virtue of 
courage majority culture participa- the way welook. we are living each 
tion in regards to housing or activi- day with inherent racism, prejudice 
ties. and oppression. Education is the 

As it happens, mostly Asian, key. 

Latino and African diaspora stu¬ 
dents have applied to live at the Shawna Burrell ’95 

center. This tells me one of three President 

thines: African American Alliance 



Thursday, October 29,1993 


Strong hands assuage both the body and mind 

Talking ••• 

By Jeff Bushell eryone experiences. I may feel re- 

Everyone knows that over 63 ally lightheaded and euphoric after 
percent of back rubs lead to sex. It’s a basketball game, and a healer may 
in People magazine for Pete’s sake, tell me that I just contacted my 
Still, our liberal and forward-look- personal chi. To each his own. 
ing school has the gumption to of- The first part of class is devoted 

fer massage class for $40 a term to varying forms of relaxation tech- 
with the added incentive of com- niques. The goal of these exercises 
pletingaphysical education require- is to bring the class into a more 
ment. I can just hear the chanting of relaxed state through various means, 
holy spirited critics, “That’s prosti- such as encouraging students to 
tution,” or “Blasphemy.” But mas- concentrate on certain muscle 
sage proves to be a remarkably groups, imagining energy flowing 
fulfilling mental and physical ex- through the body, focusing on con- 
perience e,ven if you are in the lowly traction, relaxation, acupressure and 

37 percent category.The class of- developing Hara breathing. The 
fered at Middlebury meets Monday instructor's voice is like some In¬ 
nights from 7-9 p.m. dian mantra, and it will dp the trick 

The class instructor is an experi- if her techniques do not. 
enced masseuse with biceps a nose Next, the demonstration process 
tackle would envy. Dressed in a begins. Usually every class mem- 
formlessoutfitandclogs, the teacher ber jumps at the chance to have our 

holds a wonderfully relaxing class beloved leader demonstrate the fun- 

where she attempts to bond the rub- damentals of massage on their back, 

ber and the rubbee into a kind of She is very careful about preserv- 
yin/yang surfboard design rela- ing each individual’s body privacy 
tionship. and about separating herself from 

Let’s get something straight be- intimacy with her patient, 
fore we go any further in this ar- After the demonstration, people 
tide. 1 really don’t believe in any- choose a partner and start knead- 
thing New Age, let alone channel- ing, pulling, rolling, tugging, rub- 
ing spiritual energy from one per- bing and hacking away. A healthy 
son to another. On the other hand, I dose of oil keeps down the skin 
think everything that is defined as irritation and New Age music keeps 
the channeling of energy is just one everyone tranquil if not a little bit 
person’s label for a feeling that ev- sleepy. Partners are encouraged to 

Part one: Finding a job. 

Eventually, I knew I would 
have to write a column address¬ 
ing the difficulties of finding a 
satisfying job after college. First- 
year students should be sure to 
wrap this issue of the Campus in 
cellophane, and unwrap it in four 
years. Trust me, not much is go¬ 
ing to change. Looking for a job 
is not for the feeble-hearted. Y ou 
need to be aggressive, straight¬ 
forward and willing to face big- 
time rejection. For those of you 
who have attempted to find adate 
step ahead of the game. 

Part two: Getting started. 

Okay. So you’re sober and 
ready for action. The first thing 
you want to do is head down to ye 
ol’ CC&P office (short for Call 
Contacts and Pray). Congratula¬ 
tions, you’ve already taken a big 
step. (Obviously, you haven’t 
really done anything; but let’s 
face it* chances are you’re going 
to end up stuffing Burrito 
Supremes into paper bags atTaco 
Bell anyway, so just take all the 
positive reinforcement you can 
get.) Look around. You’ll prob¬ 
ably find lots ofbooks telling you 
how to write cover letters and 
resumes. Don’t be fooled by their 
inviting titles such as: “How To 
Get The Job You Want” or “Re¬ 
sumes that Get Jobs” or “Pictures 
of Naked Women and Effective 
Cover Letters.” These bodes are 
mainly written by people who 
couldn’t find jobs in the firstplace 
so they decided to write a bode 
about it If you really want to do 
something productive, take the 
job self-evaluation survey located 
in this week’s Features section. 
You’ll be glad that you did. Also, 
as long as you’re there, take the 
Myers-Briggs personality test. 
This test tells you what kind of 
person you are and suggests jobs 
that match your personality. I 
found out I was extremely ob¬ 
noxious and sweaty.. My Weal 
job is selling subway tokens in an 
underground booth in New York 
City. I knew it all along. 

Part three: Networking 

This, as anybody with a brain 
win tell you, is the most essential 
part of finding a good job. Net- 
working is the concept of asking 
people you have never met to do 
you tremendous favors just be¬ 
cause you write a letter on fancy 
stationery. A typical networking 
call might sound like this: “Hi. I 
was talking to this guy at some 
party, and he mentioned your 
name. Do you think you can get 

Jeff Bushell ’94 and friend practice massage techniques. Tiffany Claflin 

for each body part are also detailed. 
There is even a way to stimulate 
various taboo body parts simply by 
massaging different parts of one’s 
foot. At the end of class, everyone 
collects their belongings and 
stumbles dreamily out of class. The 
only way to revitalize is to head to 
the Crest Room for a stiff cup of 

The class is extremely worth¬ 
while andexpertly taught It’s worth 
the forty dollars, and besides, you 
get a gym credit to boot. 

switch, but some decided to remain 

Each class, we focus on a differ¬ 
ent body section and learn to mas¬ 
sage it correctly. Our instructor 
hands out a sheet of paper giving an 
anatomical explanation of the body 
part, and some issues that may be 
involved with it. These issues are 
worthy of their own class, such as 
"The Cold War and Leg Massage” 
or “Anns, Shoulders, Necks and 
South American Dictatorships.” In 
addition, the specific strokes used 

Finding your way to Montreal can drive you crazy 

the early eighties when the United 
States was gettingon Canada’s back 
about acid rain. I fell in love with 
local Routes 112 and 116, with 
their plain green-and-white identi¬ 
fiers — I could find those — but 
they, too, existed only for what 
seemed to be seconds in an eternity 
of driving. 

1 kept tel ling myself (silently, of 
course, so as not to reveal to my 
passenger that I had any flaws as a 
navigator) that I had made a wrong 
turn or something. A road simply 
can not disappear, nor can a gov¬ 
ernment mislead, either purposely 
or by oversight, those foreigners 
who want to visit a cultural rnccca 
like Montreal 

However, on the return drive, I 
made sure to pay careful attention 
to the signs leading to Route 10, 
and verified the fact that the road is 
as elusive as the otters of Otter 

1 guess I just was not meant to 
drive to Montreal. On my only other 
visit to that beautiful and friendly 
89. However, the road simply docs city (Of course it is beautiful and 
not exist. friendly—they need to reward those 

Let me clarify: Route 10 exists tourists who get past the Route 10 

but only in spurts. Signs lead you to pitfalls.), back in the fall of 1980, 

what appears to be a road going by my family’s Chevette was rear- 
the name of Route 10, but before ended at the traffic light on Route 7 

you know what has happened, you just north of the Shelburne Mu- 

are sitting at a traffic light with a scum. 

choice between a right turn and a IT! never forget the fear which 
left turn because there is now a washed over me in the back-seal of 
large (and unidentified) body of that classic American touring ve- 
water before you hide, as my dad glanced into the 

Route 10has vanished without a rear-view mirror and calmly said, 

sign guiding you to where it may "Hang on... we re about to be hit. 
have gone or a simple note saying. He was frightened, frustrated and a 
“Popped off to Toronto — Be back bit disillusioned by a day trip to 
soon!” Montreal. 

Route 10 is evil. Route 10 was At that time, I don’t even think 
constructed bv aeents of Satan in Route 10 was built 

By Gene Swift 

David Byrne of the Talking 
Heads once sang, “We’re on a road 
to nowhere...” I never fully appre¬ 
ciated the meaning of his words 
until this past October break. 

On Saturday, I climbed into my 
Cutlass Ciera and headed north to 
Montreal — that pocket of French 
culture lost in Canada. Most 
Middlebury students have been 
there at least once before the fall of 
their senior year, but I have man¬ 
aged to miss all of the dorm and 
commons trips, the concert cara¬ 
vans, and the car-loads of males 
who regularly travel there for the 
lowered drinking age and the cul¬ 
tural opportunities provided by 
Lafayette Street. 

I was not drawn to Montreal for sonably confident that the trip to 
the Madonna concert, nor for the Montreal would be like a quick and 
alluring enticement provided by the painless jaunt to Rutland. 

“All Nude” revues, but, rather, for Wrong. 

what could only be called good. You see, those who created the 

wholesome tourism. roads leading through Qudbec from 

ItooktheadviceofMiddlebury’s the Canadian/American border to 
own Simon Barenbaum, who has Montreal must have been feeling 
written much for the Montreal- sadistic when they made those neat 
bound tourist, and headed for Route little signs which, supposedly, guide 

89, that oh-so-exciting road most - 

Middlebury students only experi- u Route 10 WOS 

ence while running for the airport, constructed by agents 

However, this was not the problem- , , 

atic part of the journey. °J Satan when the 

No, the problems began once United States WOS 
across the border in the strange, r'nnnJn V 

post-Apocaiyptic wastelands of getting on Canada s " 

southeastern Canada. A cross be- back about acid rain. ” 

tween Kansas and suburban New M ■ 1 

York, the roadsides boasted farm- you to other roads. 

land and Dairy Queens but very Simply put. these signs lie. They 

little in the way of actual naviga- deceive. They were placed, in stra- 



• N 0*»**e*uf *J 



-^BlnU-CUIr* Lidline 




r *l« 

Courtesy of Gene Swift 

A close look at the elusive Route 10. 


pace 10 


Thursday, October 29,1993 

Nina Stowe: Serving your mozzarella sticks with a 

By Mark Feldman 

Name: Nina Stowe 
Position: Crest Room cashier/ 

Hometown: Nitro, West Virginia 
Birthday: September IS 

In the hustle and bustle of our 
college lives, often, we are guilty of 
ignoring the brief interactions with 
the many individuals that work at 
Middlebury. Whether we are get¬ 
ting a package in the mailroom or 
swiping an ID card, we don’t al¬ 
ways recognize that these employ¬ 
ees make our lives that much easier. 

As I discovered in this week’s 
“UpCIose and Personal” interview, 
the Crest Room is a place where 
you can find more than just soft 
pretzels and hazelnut coffee. You’ll 
also find Nina Stowe standing be¬ 
hind the cash register ringing up 
your bill. Nina Stowe has a wonder¬ 
ful sense of humor, and she’s not 
afraid totell the naked truth, whether 
she is questioned about the Swed¬ 
ish fish or McCardell’s concern for 

quality food. 

The next time you stop by the 
Crest Room after a long night of 
studying, keep an eye out for one of 
Mid<|lebury’s (previously) un¬ 
known Crest Room workers be¬ 
cause life is more than just chicken 
fingers and Snapples. 

Question: How long have you 
been working at Middlebury? 

Stowe: Twelve and a half years. 

Q: What are your hours? 

S: Seven to three. 

Q: What’s the most popular 

S: Mozzarella sticks. 

Q: How would you define the 
dining atmosphere in the Crest 

S: Very casual. 

Q: How come they always run 
out of Snapple? 

S: Somebody always drinks it 

Q: What do you usually do on 
the weekends? 

S: Work. 

Q: What’s your opinion on the 


What is your opinion about the 
public awareness messages chalked 


S: They’re great except for the 
hot peppers. 

Q: What’s your favorite food? 

S: Chocolate. 

Q: Do you think the way to a 
man’s heart is really through his 

S: No, my husband’s a cook. 

Q: What does Hieu Nguyen 
usually order? 

S: For breakfast, coffee and do¬ 
nuts. That’s when he usually comes 

Q: Why do you think the Swed¬ 
ish fish are so “mm-mm” good? 

S: It must be the color. 

Q: What’s your opinion on 
Proctor food? 

S: It’s wonderful; my husband 
cooks there. 

Q: Do you think McCardell 
cares about the average student’s 
nutritional needs or has he side¬ 
stepped the issue? 

S: I think he side-stepped the 

Q: Do you consider Grape Nuts 
real food? 

S: Only with yogurt. 

Q: Name a famous person you 

S: Stephen King. 

Q: Will you give me an order 
of potato skins for free since I 
interviewed you? 

S:-Sure, but we don’t have any. 

Q: Is a duck-billed platypus a 
bird or a mammal? 

S: I never figured it out. 

Q: What’s the best restaurant 

Nina Stowe contemplating the effects of cheese bread. 

Tiffany Claflin 

in Vermont? 

S: The China Light in 

Q: Do you think milk does the 
body good or is that saying just a 

S: It’s a myth. 

Q: Do you ever wonder what 
the squirrels are eating lately? 

S: I prefer not to. 

Q: And finally, do you think 
cheese bread has been the down¬ 
fall of American society? 

S: It just might be. 

on the sidewalks? 

“When I see physical abuse 
issues written in public I tend to 
skip by them because I see them 
all the time. I guess I grow numb 
to it. It's a problem, but it won’t 
affect my life." 

— Ephie Risho ’96 

these messages are popping up 
there, too. My awareness is drawn 
right away— I’m shocked. But 
some people will doubt them 
(their validity] because of their 


—Michael Hanewald’94 UVM 

“It scares me because I could 
be that woman. I like it though, 
it's a good idea and I hope it 
makes people more aware of 
these problems.” 

—Monica Fontao '94 

written here so that everyone can 
see that this stuff happens, that 
it’s not something that feminists 


(continuedfrom page 9) 

That’s networking. 

Part four: The resume 

This is your calling card, your 
life story on one eight and a half by 
I I piece of paper. People will give 
you all kinds of tips and pointers on 
how to write a good resume. Forget 
what the experts say, here’s the real 
scoop. It doesn’t matter what it says 
on your resume as long as you use 
super-duper, high-grade, primo- 
quality bond paper. Good texture 
will almost guarantee you a first- 
round interview. 

Let’s face it; everyone puts down 
president of SADD and choir 
singer, so how do you expect to 
stand out in a sea of millions? Trust 
roe, spend some cash, and get your¬ 
self a ream of nice paper. You’ll be 
glad you did. Also, you can make 
some quality paper airplanes with 
the leftovers. 

Part five: The cover letter 

Communicating with acompany 
means sounding professional. You 
want to state your abilities and the 
job you want clearly aind succinctly. 
Below is a sample cover lettei that 
got results. Just modify it to fit your 
own needs. 

Dear Mr. Head Honcho; 

I am writing to say that I have 
always wanted to be an investment 
banker since birth. I love money. I 
love the feel of hundred dollar bills. 
Give me a shot. Hire me. Hire me 
you big lug, and I’ll be your love 
slave from now until the end of 

program. Make me your trainee. 

Enclosed is my resume and a 
picture of me wearing a leather 
thong. 1 look forward to hearing 
from you. 

Part six: If you have any vis- 

“Hire me. Hire me, you 
big lug, and Vll be your 
love slave from now 
until the end of time.” 


ible tattoos, get them removed. 

It tends to help. 

Part seven: The interview 
The interview is your moment to 
prove yourself. Moment, indeed. 
The generally accepted belief re¬ 
garding interviews is that the inter¬ 
viewer makes his or her decision 
within the first four minutes of the 
interview. In other words, if you 


think that stain on your oe cost you 

an entry-level position starting at 
$22,000, you are probably right. 
Clean clothing is a must. Also, in¬ 
terviewers often like to answer ques¬ 
tions so make sure you have a few 
prepared to show you are interested 
in the company. 

Try to ask insightful questions 
such as:“How is your company 
doing financially?” or “What kind 
of tasks will I be expected to per¬ 
form?” or“Is that a hairpiece you’re 

End the interview with a reas¬ 
suring, firm handshake, and if you 
entered the office chewing gum, 
make sure you remove it from the 
bottom of your chair before leav¬ 

Part eight: The wait 

Nice job.You’ve done every¬ 
thing you can. 

Go get a six-pack, kick back and 
watch “Geraldo.” Hey, if this guy’s 
got his own television show, there 
has to be hope for all of us. 

make up." 

— Melissa Wechsler’95 

I time. Mold me. Shape me. Take 
Compiled by JmmyDmidum f W- Oh yes. TAe me now. I want 
Pftotos by Tiffany Claflin \ this job. Put me in your training 

Top Ten Overheards 
The Day After Fall Break 

10. Hey, 1 heard you went to Boston. 

9. Could you believe the crowds in Boston? 

8.1 was the only one on my hall who didn’t go to Boston. 

7.1 was half-way home when I said to myself,‘What am I 
doing r That’s when I turned around and went toBoston. 

6. You know who’s a great band? That group called 

5. Wow! A postcard of Boston...Thanks. 

4.1 left my heart in Boston. 

3.1 was going to do work, but I ended up going to Boston. 
2. Boston was so great. I just wished Hieu was there. 

1.1 swear. Harvard is such a bunch of siiobs. 

Thursday, October 29,1993 


page 11 

Finding the right job: Take this 
survey to find your true calling 



By Mark Feldman 

Finding the right job means hav¬ 
ing the right attitude. A successful 
job search takes perseverance, self- 
confidence and a close relative in 
the business who can hook you up. 
Do you have what it takes to make 
it in the real world? Just fill out the 
mini-survey below, and then check 
the answer key. Maybe your dream 
job is just around the comer... good 

From the files of \ A \ $ j 

Jeremy Davidson 

Illustration by Amanda Frontal 

Q: How long can sperm survive outside the body? 

—Jason “Baby Face” Mantzoukas ’95 

Most experts agree that sperm can survive outside the body for no 
more than 24 hours. However, in 1847, a sperm was found buried 
within an abandoned cave mine in Florence, Italy. The sperm had 
existed for 146 years by eating figs and doing light aerobic exercise for 
half an hour three times a week. The sperm was transported to a 
laboratory in Rome where it briefly hosted the show “La Voce di 
Spermagetti” before it eventually died of complications. 

1) My greatest strength is 

a. my creativity. 

b. my willingness to work with 

c. that 1 know Hieu Nguyen per¬ 

d. that 1 can burp and whistle at 
the same time. 

Q: How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie 
Roll Pop? 

—Liz "Nawanda" Bales ’94 

Seniors learn the ins and outs of job hunting at CC&P. 

Sarah Erdman 

Scientists from the Institute of Scientific Study of Polymers and 
Tootsie Rolls have spent the last 17 years trying to find the answer to 
this often-asked question. Preliminary research indicates that the 
average human secretes five ml of the enzyme Pepsin, which is 
necessary to break down the hard candy coating surrounding the pop. 

Considering 2000 ml of the enzyme is required to reach “ground 
zero,” the pet name for the center of the candy, it would take most 
individuals approximately 458.3 licks to reach the center, or six licks 
by somebody with a really big tongue. 

c. I wear clean underwear. a. I send an appropriatejicccp- 

d. I’m not drunk. lance letter. 

b. I thank all the people who 

6) When I receive a rejection helped me. 

letter, I usually c. I go out and get plastered. 

a. shrug it off. These things hap- d. I mb it in my competition’s 

pen. face. 

b. try to figure out what I did 

wrong. Answer Key: If you circled 

c. cry like a stuck pig. choice a for most of your answers, 

d. send a mail bomb to'those then it looks like you are on your 

jerks. way to a highly rewarding career in 

the job of your choice. You know 

7) The key to finding a good job the basics of job search, and you are 

is not afraid to put in the time and 

a. to never underestimate the effort. If you circled mostly choice 

competition. d, you need help. Set up an appoint- 

b. to keep your eyes open for ment with Gary Margolis, and, af- 

opportunities. terwards, start making an effort to 

c. to go to whomever mom and change your life. (Waking up be- 

dad can convince to hire you. fore twelve noon would be a good 

d. to do lots of begging and start.) If you chose mostly choices 

pleading on your knees. b and/ or c, you sort of know what’s 

up, but sometimes you gey con- 

8) After getting hired for a job, fused just figuring out wljat (shoes 

I always make sure that to wea£ 

2) The best place to look for 
jobs is 

a. in the classified section of local 

b. in the CC&P office. 

c. somewhere out there. 

d. a mysterious place which is 
hidden to me and my kind. 

Q: How many times a week do Bill and Hillary have sex? 

—Rob “I’m not sterile” Merrill ’94 

3) My ideal job will 

a. allow me to reach my poten¬ 

b. allow me to work with my 

c. allow me to rake in the bucks 

d. not be at McDonalds. 

Although our President and F irst Lady experienced a satisfying sex 
life before Bill’s election to (he presidency, their situation took a 
dramatic downturn upon reaching the nation’s capitol. Their distress is 
caused by a lesser known bill passed in Congress forbidding Bill to 
“engage in carnal activities and/or do the ‘wild thing’ with his cheeky 
wife without express written permission by two-thirds of the House of 
Representatives and a note from Hillary’s mother.” 

Despite President Clinton’s arguments and numerous attempts to 
veto the bill, Congress has been adamant about avoiding another 
“Chelsea fiasco." 

4) My resuml is strong because 

a. I’ve had numerous jobs re¬ 
lated to my field of interest. 

b. I am involved in various clubs 
and activities. 

c. the blank spaces in it attract 

d. I covered the beer stains with 

Please call Amy Synnolt at extension 4M7 with your Hurntnx Questions 


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5) When I go for an interview, 
I always make sure that 

a. I make eye contact. 

b. I listen attentively. 

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Thursday, October 29,1993 

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SPRING BREAK: Seven nights from $299. Includes: Air, 
Hotel, Transfers, parties, and more! Nassau, Paradise Island, 
Cancun, Jamaica, San Jaun. Organize a small group. Earn a 
FREE trip plus commissions! 1-800-426-7710. 

become a campus rep. Call 1-863-0255 and find out why this 
local sales rep now spends 2 months a year in Jamaica All 
expenses paid. For further information call 1-800-426-7710. 

New handmade Tibetan carpet, camel color, dragon 
pattern. 6 ft x 3 ft, $950. Call Ngawang at 388-9256. 

Cruise Ship Jobs! Students needed! Earn $2000+ 
monthly. Summer/holidays/fulltime. World travel. Carib¬ 
bean, Hawaii, Europe, Mexico. Tour guides, gift shop sales, 
deck hands, casino workers, etc. No experience necessary. 
Call 602-680-4647, Ext. C147. 

Come and join us for the 17th Annual Turkey Trot and 
Gobble Wobble on November 21 at 12 noon. Pre-register by 
.calling Middlebury Parks and Recreation Department at 388- 
4041. Register for $10 before November 18, with T-shirts 
going to the first 150 registrants. Turkeys awarded in all age 
categories. Sponsored by Mad River Auto of Bristol and 
Fraga & Lilja, CPAs. 


Middlebury College Snow Bowl: Exceptional persons who 
are strong alpine skiers with good people skills and would like 
to teach skiing at the Snow Bowl read on. 

The Alpine Ski School will hold it’s first training session 
for all potential instructors on Thursday, Oct. 7. We will 
always meet at the Fitness Center Lounge from 7:00 until 9:00 
p.m. The other nights are October 28, November 3 and 
November 9. Helping folks leam to ski can be a very exciting 
and fulfilling experience. 

Deadline for Section 8 submissions is October 31, so get it 
in gear, write it, and send it to SECTION 8, Drawer 10. Soon. 

Hockey and basketball fanatics: Don’t sign up 
your teams for intramurals. Deadlines are October 29 for 
men’s and women’s ice hockey and 3 on 3 basketball 
leagues!!!! Sign up in the intramural office at the fieldhouse. 
Call x-5410 for additional info. 

The Recycling Program will be picking up pumpkins on 
Tuesday, Nov. 2 and Thursday, Nov. 4. Please bring your 
pumpkin to the curb nearest the road of your dorm before 
noon. Please help reduce waste and compost your pumpkin! 

It only takes a moment, but it can mean a lot 

Congressman Bernie Sanders will be sponsoring a TOWN 
MEETING on the issue of the North American Free Trade 
Agreement (Nafta), Saturday, October 30 at 12 noon on the 
Statehouse lawn in Montpelier. All Vermonters concerned 
about the impact of Nafta are urged to attend. There will be 
speakers from farm, labor, and environmental groups as well 
as music. For more information about the meeting please call 
Congressman Sanders’ office at 1-800-339-9834. 

Jeanie for Queenie ‘94 

KB : Just keep ignoring me. I’m leaving any second now. 
By the way, when can we go get a bottle of the Pacific? - you 
know who I am 

To J.D.: Watch out for Kancer Kausing Karcinogens. - a 
koncemed kolleague 

Tom Lamotte for King. 

To the Code Commons Council member who keeps eyeing 

me at the meetings: I’m free for the Fall Ball, are you??? 

To Murray Dry: I find your lectures to be intellectually 
stimulating - your secret admirer in PS 101« 

Thursday, October 29,1993 


page 13 

Writer finds soul in Gamut Room 

I think the emptiness people 
sense is a lack of spirituality. The 
Gamut Room provides an atmo¬ 
sphere where musicians and writers 
can stir up spirituality in both them¬ 
selves and their audiences. Dylan 
and Dan love to play, and the people 
at the Gamut Room sensed it; their 
own passions and thoughts came to 
the surface of conversation. 

The atmosphere at poetry read¬ 
ings on Tuesday nights is a bit dif¬ 
ferent; the audience obviously does 
not talk during readings, but. the 
freshness of spirituality remains the 

Two weeks ago, one of the read¬ 
ers adjusted the microphone and 
said, “Sit back and take in what you 
can.” Along with some graphic and 
thought provoking images of piles 
of bones and orange peels, I took in 
the intensity in the place: the read¬ 
ers' voices, the sounds of their 
words, the audience’s pensive gaze. 
After a day tilled with “hi-howya- 

By Lindsay Lutton „ We looked around for a well lit 

Most people who go to the Gamut table but had to accept the cold 

Room, whether they go to listen to fluorescent light, reflected off the 
music, poetry, or to have good con- dark blue walls. I tried to push 

versation and a cup of coffee, will through the dimness to my as- 

agree that there is something sub- tionomy homework, 
lime there that you cannot find any- But self-discipline, no matter 

where else on campus. The place how strong, does not last long in the 
adds something to people's lives Gamut Room. 

The two guys, playing in the 
brighter, warmer light, doing some¬ 
thing that they love to do, stole my 
attention from the star chart. Their 
genuine expression, a rarity at 
Middlcbury, was much more wor¬ 
thy of my attention than the posi¬ 
tion of Altair at nine o’clock on 
Oct. 14. 

They played music for the same 
reason that dancers dance and art¬ 
ists paint. It fills a part of their life 
that nothingelse can fill. I low could 
I let the cowlick on the top of my 
head witness such meaningful stuff 
while 1 memorized the placement 
of a bunch of white dots on a circle 

Sascha Kaplan 


Room gives solace. 

When funny isn’t funny anymore 

By Jennifer Kuii 

Middlebury College: land of 
freedom of expression and speech, 
where you can always say what’s 
on your mind and not have to worry 
about sitting in Lower Proctor with 
no one to talk to. A land where 
harmony between groups flows un¬ 
interrupted and the relationship be¬ 
tween faculty and students can be 
compared only to the finest silk. 

No, really. Do you see people 
getting ticked off a little too fre¬ 
quently? It is understandable, up to 
a certain point. People are not going 
to get along nicely at an organiza¬ 
tion whose members possess any 
intelligence whatsoever. But dis¬ 
agreement should breed learning, 
not separation, and there are certain 
areas that we should be able to stay 
a little less uptight about. 

So let’s talk comedy. Or, more 
exactly, the differences between 
male and female comedy. Some 
people believe that the main differ¬ 
ence is that men joke about sex a lot 
more. In a society as sexually cau¬ 
tious as our little mountain campus, 
does this make sense? 

It is almost as though a high 
standard of sexual morality is nec¬ 
essary for the survival of any Ameri¬ 
can society and a dirty joke repre¬ 
sents a kind of mental rebellion; a 
momentary wish that things were 

Those that would argue that male 
humor always stems from below 
the belt or somewhere in the vicin¬ 
ity of the toilet bowl need to take a 
closer look at what makes human 
beings laugh. 

Sigmund Freud says that “the 
[ male 1 dirty joke is an expression of 
sexual desire made possible by the 
specific pleasure of jokes, which 
subverts the inhibition against the 
expression of is therefore 
an act of aggression against the 
woman, which gives pleasure to the 
audience by subverting its inhibi¬ 
tions too." 

So in other words, jokes can be 
seen as a tempting outlet to all of the 
suppressed inhibitions that we hold 
in, or. basically, an excuse to be a 
sexist jerk. Or are they? Making 
something funny is also a way of 
refusing personal identification with 
the butt of the joke. 

We laugh at things because it 
allows us todistance ourselves from 
them. When I’m lellingajoke, I can 
call you a Nazi feminist or a nigger 
because I’ve set the stage for this to 
be laughed at. It does not mean that 
this is my belief or that I want to 
manipulate or offend — I am trying 
to be funny! 

Comedy can be a very tricky, 
dangerous area, but a good comic 
cannot worry about making a po¬ 
litical platform every time he or she 
steps up to the mike. Nor can he or 
she expect to please every audience 
member all of the time. Laughing at 
sexist jokes does not mean that you 
are necessarily sexist. 

People in the audience that do 
hate men or women can thrive off 
of the venom in the jokes, but there 
are those who can ignore the poli¬ 
tics and enjoy the absurdity that the 
comic is trying to highlight. 

Sometimes people forget that 
this is the point. We listen to com¬ 
edy because it makes us feel good. 
There has got to be something wrong 
with looking for discrepancies in 
political views while tuning in to 
NBC Thursday nights at nine If 
somethingisnot funny,don’t laugh 
at it. It’s a lot easier than starting a 
support group. True, there are a lot 
more male than female comics. 

This is one area in comedy to 
which feminism pertains. In order 
to make an audience laugh freely, a 
comic has to exude ultimate confi¬ 
dence. Although it is changing 
slowly, women have been oppressed 
to the point of feeling discouraged 
from acting with abandon. Even an 
otherwise confident woman may 
still be uncomfortable with the idea 
of subjecting herself to ridicule 
based on physical or slapstick hu¬ 

The fact that many of the most 
famous comediennes today are les¬ 
bians has a lot to do with this stand¬ 
point: these are women that are 
willing to break from the norm in 
more ways than one. Oftentimes 
women feel as (hough they cannot 
be lewd because it is not “ladylike.” 
So maybe this is where the “dirty 
jokes are men’s jokes” view came 
into play. 

The truth is. any woman on this 
campus could probably give you an 

earful of anecdotes just as shocking 
as any track driver’s, to stick with 
the stereotype motif. 

However, there is so much more 
to humor than sex. The subtle com¬ 
edy that goes on in shows like 
“Seinfeld" is more fascinating than 
any poo-poo ka-ka joke that you 
could tell. 

We laugh at jokes that recognize 
human truths. Why else would you 
laugh when a comic pipes up with 
something like “Don’t you hate it 
when you’re trying really hard to 
impress your dinner date and you 
laugh so hard that your spaghetti 
starts coming out your nose?” 

Fiction is never as funny as real 
life. On theirown,spaghetti noodles 
do not provide thrilling entertain¬ 
ment, but put into this context of 
familiarity they make you laugh. 
You never talk to your friends about 
it, but when you realize that every¬ 
one shares that kind of fear, you can 
laugh in recognition of humanity. 

Comedy is an art form. As soon 
as you put a political focus on any 
work of art, the scope of potential 
appreciation is decimated. Only if 
we can relate to things fully and 
unselfconsciously can we laugh 

This laughter is appreciation and 
interpretation. There is always the 
one person in the audience who 
laughs really hard at a joke when 
everyone else is quiet, because that 
joke or image strikes that individual 
in a unique way, just like preferring 
Dali over Monet. 

So what does it matter if it is a 
comedian or comedienne, if you’re 
laughing? It doesn’t. At the same 
time, there are very few art forms in 
which the sex of the artist is as 
conspicuous an element as in the¬ 
ater, television and comedy. Do 
women and men find different 
things funny? Not really. 

At least, no more than individu¬ 
als laugh at different things. There 
are definitely issues that men can¬ 
not relate to that would be funny to 
women, and vice versa, but if a 
comic gets up on stage and targets 
an audience that completely, he or 
she will wind up losing half of the 
potential laughs. So it really would 
not do any good for a comedienne 
to spend an entire routine bemoan- 

of cardboard? 

I have talked to a lot of people 
who are “dissatisfied” at 
Middlebury. It’s hard for most to 
pinpoint what is missing, but there 
is definitely an emptiness that per¬ 
vades all the “fun." “Having fun” 
doesn’t make people satisfied. 

doins,” I welcomedthcsignificance 
of the poets’ perceptions. 

To Webster this place would be 
the “complete range room.” Not 
only does it host a gamut of expres¬ 
sion, but it helps satisfy the spiritual 
part of our lives that we too often 

A do-it-yourself review 

By John Colpitis and Rodney Rothman 

The latest ( noun ) by the English group The Boo Radleys, is belter than 
their last one in terms of ( noun land complexity If you decide to pick up 
Giant Steps you will be assaulted by the ( adjective ) horns and ( adjective ) 
( noun ). As the album title suggests, the lyrics this time around are 
significantly improved, especially in the song "I.eaves and ( noun ).’’ 

In that track, ( famous rock and roll personality ) thoughtfully croons 
“Greet the world with tired ( noun ) but something just ain’t right/Head of 
dust and ( maker of bread )" The Radley’s are clearly exhibiting a maturity 
since their last studio effort Everything's ( adjective ) ” 

While so much of the English pop scene is contrived and ( adjective ), 
the Radley’s are finally managing to transcend the conventions of ( noun ). 
Not since the Beatles has the Radley's hometown of (platfi) been such a 
hotbed of activity This album is basically ( good or bad ) We give it 
(number) stars, which is our (adjective ) recommendation. 

ing the disadvantages of menstrua- to push the “giggle" button when- 
tion or labor pains to a sexually ever he feels like it. He can't tell if 
mixed audience. it’s a man or a woman that is telling 

The truth is. feminism or ageism you the joke Do not get bogged 
or sexism or any of those lovely down by the monsters of oppres- 
words that our generation highlights sion and offense. Escape from the 
so willingly should not have to en- bog of anal repression and (he land 
ter into the humor equation You of skirting issues. Laugh at a ques- 
find something funny because the tionable comment today! Come on, 
little man inside your brain decides you’ll like it... 

page 14 


Thursday, October 29,1993 

Why does Melrose Place succeed? 

By Jon Damour 

Like many, I too am strangely 
drawn towards things which 1 think 
of as repulsive. Whether it be hor¬ 
ror, violence, gin or “Melrose 
Place,” there is some part of the 
human mind which defies reason 
and takes pleasure in distaste. 

“Melrose Place! I love that show! 
It’s soooo bad!” Each week people 
drop what they are doing and crowd 
around the television to watch a 
program that many admittedly think 
is horrible. As the dramatic, epi¬ 
sodic mayhem unfolds they do not 
sit passively, but openly respond to 
the show through a series of moans, 
groans and laughs (usually in that 
order). Why is it that the “uhhh,” is 
followed by the “a ha ha?” This 
relationship seems to be an impor¬ 
tant element in understanding the 
recent success of the “90210rose 
Place” genre. 

I believe that any film or televi¬ 
sion show that can elicit a strong 
response, positive or negative, is 
worthy of critical attention. A strong 
reaction is an indication that the 
piece has been able to make a con¬ 
nection with the viewer. If the 
viewer is influenced by a work, it 
shows that the piece has reached its 
audience, which is ultimately the 
goal of all media. “Melrose Place” 
is reaching an audience. 

Every groan or laugh it provokes 
acknowledges this fact. The people 
at Fox television have obviously 
stumbled upon something impor¬ 
tant because they are making a lot 
of money because of this “bad” 
show. What is their secret and why 
are people infatuated with “Melrose 
Place?” One device the show em¬ 
ploys is dramatic irony. While it is 
not the only method which the pro¬ 
gram uses to touch us, it is an inte¬ 
gral part of the show’s success 

The soap opera/serial genre deals 
with many characters, subplots and 
points of view. It is designed in 
such a way that the various subplots 
within the frame of the show over¬ 
lap. Relationships between charac¬ 
ters are used as a means to bridge 
the gap between subplots; they ef¬ 
fectively tieeverythingtogetherinto 
a conglomerate program. Indeed it 
is not coincidental that relationships 
seem to be the most common topic 

In one episode (aired on Sep¬ 
tember 22, 1993), thedramais sepa¬ 
rated into six fairly distinct main 
subplots: Billy flies to Seattle and 
confronts Alison’s ex-boyfriend/ 
stalker/rapist, Keith. Alison, as a 
result of her emotional trauma, 
struggles with her new job and boss/ 
landlord Amanda, turning to alco¬ 
hol to numb her pain. Amanda hires 
Jo in order to get to her boyfriend 
Jake for what appears to be more 
than just professional reasons. Jane 
seeks the support of her sister 
Sydney to cope with her divorce 
from Michael. Sydney antagonizes 
Jane and makes covert advances 
towards her sister’s husband. 
Michael is troubled over both his 
divorce and his lover Kimberly, 
leading him to take advantage of 
Sydney’s interest in him. Each sub¬ 
plot generally centers around the 
actions and point of view of one 

However, because the charac¬ 
ters interact in multiple subplots, 
(such as Sydney or often Amanda 
does), the subplots are meshed and 
woven together. We the viewer, as 
an omniscient spectator, are able to 
see exactly how these relationships 
fit together. Unlike the characters, 
whose knowledge is usually lim¬ 
ited to their own subplots, we see 
and know all that goes on in 
“Melrose Place.” 

In recent programming, we wit¬ 
ness a divorce. Our voyeuristic 
omniscience allows us to view the 
end of a relationship from the points 
of view of wife Jane, husband 
Michael and lover Kimberly, as well 
as from the side of plotting sister 
Sydney. While the characters have 
isolated, individual versions of the 
divorce, we the viewer see all of 
their sides. 

We are shown information that 
is exclusive to us. When Amanda 
unknowingly starts a fire that re¬ 
sults in the destruction of Jake’s 
Bike Shop, we are shown important 
plot information that none of the 
characters know. Both of these 
forms of omniscient spectatorship 
are essential to the viewing experi¬ 
ence in that they allow us to recog¬ 
nize dramatic irony. 

Dramatic irony plays three im¬ 
portant roles in “Melrose Place": 

petuates our interest in the program. 

Dramatic Irony and 
Subjective Identity 

Each subplot generally has a 
character with which we can iden¬ 
tify. If the show can not get us to 
identify with someone then we will 
lose interest and the network will 
lose viewers. If we become dis¬ 
tanced from the story we will not 
care what happens to the charac¬ 
ters. Putting similarities and differ¬ 
ences between the hegemonic char¬ 
acters on “Melrose Place” and our¬ 
selves aside, the program must link 
us in some way besides any desires 
we might have to be beautiful, 
wealthy or politically correct. The 
answer to this identity problem lies , 
in dramatic irony. 

Specifically, how do we identify 
with the characters on “Melrose 
Place?” In a subplot referred to ear¬ 
lier, Alison has troubles in the work¬ 
place due to the emotional trauma 
she has experienced. One particu¬ 
lar scene takes place at a business 
lunch headed by Amanda, her boss. 
Objectively, the scene happens as 
follows: Amanda is giving a sales 
pitch to a group of business people. 
Alison is drinking and is not paying 
attention to the discussion. 

When asked for her opinion on 
the deal, she responds, “Sorry. What 
was the question?” making both 
herself and Amanda look bad in 
front of the others. The lunch ends 
and Amanda confronts Alison, ask¬ 
ing her what her problem is. Alison 
replies that she has “no problem.” 
Amanda, angered at this, chastises 
Alison and calls a cab for her be¬ 
cause she appears to be drunk. 

Objectively a person would tend 
to identify with Amanda in this 
situation, for her business presenta¬ 
tion has been jeopardized due to the 
drunken incompetence of Alison, 
who denies having any problem. 

- However, in reality, the viewer sees 
this scene subjectively, identifying 
strongly with Alison. 

Because of our omniscient view 
of the show, we know from a previ¬ 
ous scene that Alison is troubled by 
her involvement in herex-boyfriend 
Keith’s suicide. Amanda does not 
know this and has no realization of 
the trauma that Alison is experienc¬ 
ing. Even though Amanda is igno- 

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Nicholas Woods ’93 received $500 and an honorable mention in the annual 
Franees Hook Scholarship national art conference for this portrait Woods 
was one of 170 winners out of a record of 4800 entries in this year’s 


establish subjective identity with a 
character, like Alison, but also to 

Courtesy photo 

an emotional groan and laugh from 
viewers. If it’s not one thing, it’s 

disassociate us from characters like another, and serious emotion easily 


Dramatic Irony and 

Emotional Response 

A second function of dramatic 
irony is closely tied to its role as a 
subjective identifier. We see how 
dramatic irony can make us iden¬ 
tify with a character like Jake in the 
fire subplot. What helps draw us to 
his character is our emotional re¬ 

gives way to humor in extreme or 
repetitive instances of dramatic 
irony. It appears that there is no 
such thing as a happy, functional 
relationship on “Melrose Place.” 
After being subjected to one ironic 
situation after another, the viewer 
begins to sense the absurdity of this 
ficticious world. 

There is cause for much of the 

sponse to the dramatic irony. Know¬ 
ing he is innocent, we pity Jake and 
feel his helplessness. Because we 
know the truth about the fire, we 
hold the key to his innocence and 

However, we are denied from 
acting on our knowledge, for we are 
grounded as spectators. In a way, 
both Jake and the audience are be¬ 
ing wrongly accused by Jo. This 
helpless frustration on the viewers 
part is a powerful evocation of an 
emotional reaction. 

Although the characters on 
“Melrose Place” are wealthy, beau¬ 
tiful, sensitive, etc., they are still 

negative judgment that the program 
attracts. The strong reactive re¬ 
sponse from the Viewer is an ac¬ 
knowledgment of his or her disillu¬ 
sionment with the show and its con¬ 

Dramatic Irony and the 
Perpetuation of Interest 

A third function of dramatic 
irony in “Melrose” comes from its 
ability to keep the viewer hooked. 
As viewers we seek a sense of clo¬ 
sure or resolution. It is not coinci¬ 
dence that some of the most dra¬ 
matic of the ironic situations occur 
at the close of an episode. The pike- 

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binding element in the cohesion of characters. Second,itelicitsanemo- 

the show. 

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jectively is perfectly justified in 
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we see one way dramatic irony is 

serious problems. The sheer humor 
of some of the dramatic irony in 
situations, such as the homosexual 
character Matt being aggressively 
pursued by a female doctor who is 

end denies us any kind of emotional 
release until the next episode, or 
perhaps an even later one. 

The presence of such serious 
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Eating Our Hearts Out 

The Obsession With 
Dr. Jean Kilbourne 
Tuesday, Nov. 2 
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petuate our interest in the show and 
lure us into watching it next week 
for fear of missing the dramatic 
consequences that have been set 

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Thursday, October 29,1993 

WRMC brings variety to the airwaves 

You’re bn the air with Gene Swift’ 

Station serves listening 
audience for 44 years 

By Gene Swift 

Early in the fall of my first year 
here at Middlebury, I wandered into 
an organizational meeting in the 
Hepburn Lounge for WRMC-FM, 
the college’s own radio station. 1 
had come to Middlebury with 
dreams of radio fame, of establish¬ 
ing myself as the weird late-night 

College’s own radio station, is and 
always has been a source foraround- 
the-clock music and entertainment. 
Since its humble beginnings— 
broadcasting from a chicken coop- 
WRMC has developed into a real, 
live, professional radio station that 
now serves an estimated 50,000 
people in the Champlain Valley. 

It all began in 1949 when John 
Bowker, Jr. ’52 convinced his fa¬ 
ther, Professor John Bowker, then 
Dean of the Faculty, to provide 
broadcasting facilities. The chicken 
coop in Professor Bowker’s back¬ 
yard sufficed at first, until 1950 
when the crew moved their opera¬ 
tion into the Student Union build¬ 
ing. At that time, WRMC was an 
AM, carrier-current station which 
transmitted through the college 
plumbing and whose audience con¬ 
sisted exclusively of Middlebury 
College students. 

The station remained in the same 
place for 21 years, even through the 
demolition of the Student Union 
building and its reconstruction as 
Redfield Proctor Hall. During the 
later part of those two decades, 
WRMC underwent some exciting 

In 1967, the station became a 
ten-watt FM mono station, and the 
transmitting facilities moved to the 
cupola atop Gifford Hall, where 
they have remained ever since. One 
year later, WRMC became the first 
radio station in the Champlain Val¬ 
ley to feature 24-hour broadcast¬ 
ing, and the following year it be¬ 
came a United Press International 
affiliate. The second floor of Proc¬ 
tor, where the station is presently 
located, became WRMC’s new 
home in 1970. 

The rapid growth of WRMC 
culminated in January of 1978, with 
the celebration of its new status as a 
full-fledged FM stereo facility. As 
a ten-watt station, though, it was 

threatened with “secondary status” 
by the Federal Communications 
Commission (FCC). Nasty accusa¬ 
tions of unprofessional conduct with 
the FCC calling ten-watt stations 
“electronic sandboxes” flew at 
WRMC and other stations across 
the country. 

WRMC look matters into their 
own hands and, in 1979, earnestly 
petitioned the college administra¬ 
tion for permission to request a con¬ 
version to a whopping 100 watts. 
Finally, the request was submitted 
to the FCC. 

While the station waited for FCC 
approval, the studios and equip¬ 
ment were renovated during a two- 
month hiatus. The studios were ex¬ 
panded to encompass three times 
its original area. 

After two long years of waiting, 
in the summer of 1981, the 100 watt 
transmitter was installed, and 
WRMC grew to become what it is 
today, a station serving the entire 
Champlain Valley. Its audience 
reaches north to Burlington, south 
to Rutland, and encompasses much 
of upstate New York. 

Today, WRMC actively empha¬ 
sizes programming that is unavail¬ 
able elsewhere in the area. DJ's 
play what is classified as “new 
music” for at least 30 percent of 
their airtime, giving time to bands 
that may otherwise be ignored by 
more mainstream stations. 

WRMC’s variety is practically 
unbeatable, with everything rang¬ 
ing from jazz to language programs 
to talk shows to “good old rock and 
roll.” Two daily shows offer news 
from the Associated Press, and the 
thankless graveyard shift disc jock¬ 
eys are always a good source of. 
late-night entertainment. For up¬ 
dates on new music, reviews of 
local concerts and more, look for 
the WRMC newsletter, FMphasis. 
To get a sampling of what WRMC 
has to offer, tune to 91.1 FM. 

I quickly discovered that I was 
not alone in my dreams, as I was 
joined by almost fifty other stu¬ 
dents — each and every one seek¬ 
ing his or her “ 15 minutes of fame” 
in a 90 minute radio slot. 

I was initially turned down in 
my request for a radio show, but 
since many of the radio-heads lived 
upstairs from my room in Hepburn, 
I was able to whine and connive my 
way into a slot of my very own: 
Sunday mornings from 4:30 to 7 :(K) 

1 was so happy that I was actu¬ 
ally going to be on the air each and 
every week that I did not realize the 
ramifications of my late night slot: 
I either needed to stay in on Satur¬ 
day nights and go to bed early, or 
stay up all night Saturday night 
This second option would be a dif¬ 
ficult one since I would have to stay 
sober (not a very popular option for 
first-years on Saturday nights) and 
drag my exhausted carcass around 
all day Sunday. 

Despite the obvious headaches 
connected with a graveyard-shift 
show, 1 devoted as much of my 
creative energy to it as I could. “The 
Phantom’s Graveyard” was its 
name, and I opened every show 
with the theme music from Andrew 
Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the 

As I recall, 1 didn’t get all that 
many callers. In fact, I don’t recall 
anyone ever listening to my show 
voluntarily. However, there was a 
certain freedom in knowing that 
since no one was listening, no one 
could criticize my mistakes, musi¬ 
cal choices or the on-air babble I 
used to keep my scl f entertai ned and 

Sarah Ertlman 

Gene Swift ’94 clowns around on the air. 

the reply. 

It is at moments such as these 
that a DJ must try his best to re¬ 
member that when on the air, he 
represents all of Middlebury Col¬ 
lege and that cursing at someone 
for their ignorant prejudice is not 
exactly the Old Chapel^way. 

(5nc of the greatest things I’ve 
been able todoin my time at WRMC 
is the biannual ‘Trash the Eighties" 
show, during which I play nothing 
but those one-hit wonders of the 
early/mid-Reagan years ranging 
from Nena’s “99 Luftballoons" to 
Falco’s “Rock Me Amadeus” to 
that Chris DcBurgh classic “Don’t 
Pay the Ferryman.” 

That first spring, back in 1991,1 
was coerced into becoming Busi¬ 
ness Director of WRMC by the 
(continued on pane I ft) 


Since then, I have volunteered 
for six other graveyard shows, try¬ 
ing desperately to stay on the air 
while leaving my evenings open for 
living the rest of my life. I guess a 
bit of masochistic behavior is good 
for everyone 

Broadcasting during these hours 
has, upon occasion, proven less than 
wonderful. In November of 1991, 
just days after Queen vocalist 
Freddie Mercury died of AIDS, I 
did a tribute show consisting of 
nothing but Queen tunes A guy 
claiming to be in Rutland (although 
our signal very rarely reaches 
Rutland) called in and praised my 
efforts. “Its too bad. ” he said. 

“What’s too bad,” I asked, “that 
he died?” 

“No... that he was a queer,” came 

DJs prove their talents 
during graveyard shift 

By Julie Birnbaum Scott Macklin ’96. 

*’ 4:45a.m. An alarm clock rings. “Sometimes you feel like you 
A hand emerges from the blankets, are talking to yourself," said Paolo 
picks up the clock, throws it across Raden ’96. Yet, something draws 
the ipom and disappears again these DJs to the station each week, 
Twenty minutes later, BretThibault in spite of the insane hour and lack 
’96 hurries up the steps to Proctor, of an audience. 

Thibault is a WRMC radio disc “It’s the power — the glory,” 
jockey, one of the many dedicated Jim Anderson ’95 joked at first, but 
students bold) ng dow n the air waves then he added, “Most of the listen- 
in the wee hours of the morrfing for erxare people who don’t want to be 
a “graveyard shift.” up... they’re studying or writing 

The graveyard shift is ah inter- papers. It’s good to be able to play 
esting but liule known phenom- something uplifting, maybe make 
enon at Middlebury College, con- someone feel a liule better.” 
sitting of three separate shows from “I like the total freedom of ex- 

one to seven every morning. DJs pression my graveyard shift allows 
cited insomniacs, late-night paper me,” Thibault said. “You can say 
jyrgjjri and crew team members anything.” , .. 

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Head honcho Jon Damour tells all 

“If people turned on their radios, responsibilities. Of course, to the 
ideas, music, and culture could be eager young freshman, the position 
exchanged..;” AqjjdefSop ^siid. seems “the perfect springboard to 
“Maybe it’s idealistic, but fadiohas bigger and better positions on the 
the potential to be a real, unifying WRMC Board!” 
force on campus.” Yeah, and drive-through is the 

-;- stepping stone to CEO of 

On the air McDonald’s 

I have since served as both the 
(continued from page 15) Jazz ^ classical Manager, and 

director. I didn’t know then what I have been in charge of Special Pro- (especially if you are the only DJ 
know now: coercion is the way ductions at the station for the past for the show) and the ability to 

year. Special Productions controls control your fear of being alone in 
all those shows which ddn’t fall Proctdr at 3:30 a.m. 
time. Ever since that first ledger ' n, ° the other main categories of 1 remember many occasions on 

rock, classical, jazz or news, so it which I irreverently quipped, “If 

you don’t like what I’m playing, 
come in and stop me..realizing 
‘Sports Talk” and even the minutes later that someone could 


(ctyntinuedfrom page 15) \ ’ 


“There’s no pressure. I can play 
whatever I want,” said Craig 
Stouffer ’97, before disappearing 
into the music library at 2:30 a.m. 

Jen Murray ’96 agreed, adding that 
two hours of listening to music helps 
one relax. For those working the 
five to seven a.m. timeslot, break¬ 
fast at .Proctor was .a significant vjjtfRMC 

niaupuara tKlft dtlrdpfinn * ihhn pK, 

Sarah Erdman 

Jon Damour ’94 

graveyard shift attraction.. 

“I’m always the first in line at 

Proctor on Saturday mornings,” said was pulled from the stone in old 
Melanie Moser ’97. Unlike most Middlebury, business directors have has been my job to make sure the 
graveyard shifters, who are brand been trying to find replacements -language shows “Knowledge is 
new at radio and often need their uponwhomtheycandumpthejob’s 
first semester to get used to the 
technical side of being a DJ, Moser 
was a disc jockey at a college radio 
station in her hometown. 

“It was good to get some prac¬ 
tice for the first few shows, when I 
made a lot of mistakes,” Macklin 
said. “Now I wish people would 
listen, though." 

“It’s a kind of WRMC rite of 
passage,” Murray said, after her 
second-semester show at the im¬ 
proved time slot of one to three a. in. 

“Every DJ that you hear once held 
a graveyard shift.” 

Graveyard shift shows are la¬ 
beled as rock but are characterized 
by a wide variety of music, from 
“Falco to Dead Kennedys” to clas¬ 
sical to alternative to jazz to folk. 

Many DJs use their shows to ex¬ 
periment with new and unusual 
groups that one may not hear else¬ 
where. Though the shows consist 
mainly of music, DJs also enjoy the 
freedom of being able to say what 
they want, without the pressures of 
a large audience. 

“People don't want to hear Mr. 

Happy Man at 4 a.m„” Anderson 
said. "You don’t have to put on 
some ‘DJ voice’." 

Graveyard shift DJs run on little 
sleep and little encouragement. 

However, through broken alarm 
docks, cold, dark walks toJVoctor, 

Yvette & Akiko 





Lew Robinson 

k'lke Howson 



Andrew & 


Dave 4 Oman 


Sarah 4 Tara 

Sam Heitner 

John & Jason 

Molly & Heloise 

Colleen Oates 

Chip Earle 

Dan & Lesley 

Ben Speiss 

Kennan, Laura. 





Jeanette & 

Brad Martin 

Women's Voicej 
Dan and Jen 

Kafi Adams 

Kyle, Jon, 4 

J. Mack 4 Josh 


J. Gosek 4 

M. Power 



Judy 4 Desiree 

Ken Mansfield 

Jed Morse 

Frank Nation 


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Melissa 4 


Jesse, John, 4 

Jack and Jay 

Emiy 4 


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Matt ‘ 

Jeremy Sacco 

Mike Troutman 

Grant Gibson 

Matt 4 Geoff 

Lee Chkcote 

F.E. Risho 4 

J. Turner 



Jen Murphy 4 

Diana 4 Elen 

Ken Ross 

Gardner, Bryan 
4 Chris 

Frank 4 Adam 



Matt FaMberp 4 


jon rwifi 

Craig Stoulter 

Lindsay 4 

Stu 4 Howie 

Jim 4 Carey 

Rob, MaR, 4 

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Greg 4 A.B. 

Scott Mac kiln 

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Aaron Scdres 


“The Opinions section has the potential"to rise 
' above the the medioicrity of the rest of The 
Campus in order to beget intellectual discussion 
on a higher plane.” - anonymous paraphrase of 
Luke Schaeffer’s article 

“Some people take offense to seeing naked 

Sophomore woman: “I don’t.” - From a 
conversation in Barnes 

“They’re easier when they open in front.” 
“I’ve never had one so big.” 

‘Try a little higher.” 

“Oooooh...Ouch!” - Overheard in a Voter suite 

“I have no tolerance for people who don’t 
masturbate.” - sophomore who knows herself 
inside and out 

“I bleed, therefore I am.” - menstruating 
senior woman 

“I don’t trust anything that bleeds for five days 
and lives.” - senior man 

“Don’t you think that Janet Reno looks like 
Rob SchlesingerT’ 

“Who’s Janet Reno?” - in Forest 

“I love to see professors visibly stiffen.” - 

Senior english major on SAC for personal reasons 

“Dead of night, baby. We’re finally alone. I’ll 
pull down the shades if you’ll unplug the phone.” 
- Young Bob 

“And when the seventh chakrah is kindled, 
your mind is united with the cosmos, which 
results in eternal orgasm.” - Overheard in Mr. 
Keenan’s Buddhism and Christian Enlightment 
seminar, discussing the goal of yoga 

“Yes, you use it when you say you give 
someone a kiss, but you don’t want to use it as a 
verb. I don’t want to be vulgar, just don’t..It’s 
not a good idea...It means, okay, it means to 
f**k.” - a certain french professor to a less 
informed speaker 

“Honey, will you pass me the soap please?” - 
heard coming from a bathroom ip KDR 

Why don’t you try to confine yourself to three 
cans of beer a night? That should be enough.” - 
Dad, in NYC 

“Ohhhh ..that’s the speedometer.” 

- senior woman in traffic 

“Let’s have a class trip.” 

“We are all already tripping together.” - 
Classics people 

“Having a good time is giving chocolax to 
children at Halloween.” - Some sick junior 


“So, you want to go to dinner at Proctor, or the 
STDs?” - A first-year student 

“I like Dolly Part on. I just hate it when 
she sings.” • KB 

“If you are having difficulty with that machine 
you obviously haven’t been having sexual 
intercourse in creative positions recently.” - 
female sophomore to another 

“The most action I get at this school is brush¬ 
ing past someone at the mailroom.” - frustrated 

“This show is ridiculous. It shouldn’t be called 
Melrose Place, it’s more like Nympho Place.” - 
Voter somewhere 








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Thursday, October 29,1993 

Bates victory invigorates Panthers 

Field hockey takes two on the road 

Conference’s (NESCAC) top passer 
|rann55S^^EKn and top receiver, as well as the 

conference’s second best running 
I back. They scored a total of 244 

points in their five wins, including 
tential as well. Sophomore halfback a 71 -0 win over Bates in their sea- 
TerrenceBradfordledtheteamwith sonopener. 

113 yards rushing, and both Scott The Bantams put a lot of points 
Pokrywa ’96 and Todd Anderson on the board, but the Panthers’ de- 
’94 saw some time at quarterback, fense are no chumps. They’ve al- 
The Panthers took the game as lowed fewer yards than any other 
an opportunity to get the team in team in the conference and have 
peak shape for the match up with had virtually a week of preparation 
Trinity. With the exception of run- before welcoming Trinity to 
ning back and punt returner Justin Youngman Field. ‘They have a 
Burley ’95, who suffered a knee potent offense,” said Casarico. 
injury that could keep him out for “We’ll be ready, because we know 
the season, the Panthers are at full how good they are.” 
strength. Middlebury also has one of the 

It’s a good thing they are, be- best motivating factors around: re¬ 
cause they need all the help they venge. Last year, the Panthers went 
can get. Trinity boasts the New to Hartford undefeated and came 
England Small College Athletic back reeling from a shutout. 

By Neall Currie 

What can you say about a blow¬ 
out? Nothing; sometimes you just 
get crushed. And sometimes you 
crush the other team. 

Last Saturday, the other team 
was the Bates Bobcats, and the Pan¬ 
thers went all the way to Maine to 
crush them. “There were a lot of 
reasons to be nervous, to go out 
there and be flat,” said senior de¬ 
fensive captain Paul Casarico. By 
the end of the game, there were no 
more nerves, and lots of reasons to 
relax — 430 reasons, to be exact: 
one for every yard the offense tal¬ 
lied. Or just four reasons, one for 
each interception Casarico has had 
this year. 

Sum it up any way you want, but 
only one statistic counts. The final 
score was Middlebury 33, Bates 16. 

Even that does not tell the whole 
story. The Panthers allowed just 3 

points in the first half and spent JvUPUV FClXlcilHS Oil. lOD 
most of the third and fourth quar- ^ ** 

ters working some of the younger By Scott Me Nany match to decide whether they would 

players into the game. As a result, Have you ever seen a shooting share the title at 4-1 or take the 
the Bobcats scored two garbage star? Have you ever watched pro championship themselves and fin- 
touchdowns late in the game. wrestling? Have you ever been in ish the regular season undefeated. 

Saturday’s game was most im- love before? Have you ever wit- Trailing at halftime 5-7, for the 
portant because it came a week be- nessed the fury, power and destruc- first time this season, Middlebury 
fore tomorrow’s game. The Trinity tion of the end of the world and stormed back to win 32-7. John 
Bantams come to town tomorrow, lived to tell §bout it? No? Then you Chadd ’94 scored three trys in the 
bringingtheir5-0recordandmemo- have obviously never seen a rugby comeback effort, howling to the 
ries of last years’ 44-0 win over the game. delight of the fans. 

Panthers with them. However, you are in luck. This The large crowd on hand dis- 

The Bates game gave Saturday, the Middlebury Men’s played much anti-Middlebury sen- 
Middlebury a chance to fine tune Rugby Club will take its number timent at the start of the game. How- 
their offense and rest their starters one seed, undefeated record and ever by the end, in a rare turnaround 
all around, especially senior half bad attitude back behind the field not witnessed since Rocky IV, the 
back Matt Whitcomb, who sat out house to meet the Polar Bears of fans carried Chris Oliviaro ’96 off 
the game nursing a bum ankle. He is Bowdoin. The tournament, in which the field on their shoulders, chant- 

Caroline Clutz ’94 drives the ball down the field. Field Hockey cruised to 
consecutive victories this past week over Hamilton and St Lawrence. 
Playing on artificial turf at Hamilton Saturday, the Panthers came up with 
a 2-1 win. On Monday, Middlebury faced the tough competition of St 
Lawrence in a critical game. Co-captains Nancy Hastings ’94 and Amy 
Copley ’94 scored the Panther goals in the 2-1 victory. Shannon Donnelly 
’96 saved the game from going into overtime in the last minutes of play by 
makings key defensive save. These victories bring their record to 8-4-1 and 
increase Middlebury’s chances for a spot in post-season East Coast 
Athletic Conference play. This Saturday, the Panthers will challenge 
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healthy and will be ready to play 
tomorrow, as will most of the team. 
Whitcomb’s absence gave other 
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Cross country 

(continued from page 20) 

’96 led for much of the race and 
ended up in fourth place as Jen 
Hodgen ’95 came on strong to win. 

The men were led by Ryder 
Clifford ’94, who came in 33rd 
place. Cisco Heller ’95 and Jake 
Kritzer ’95 were also near the top. 
With over 40 teams represented and 
close to 300 runners on the course, 
the race never had a chance to thin 

Sean Kerwin ’95 noted that it 
was biggest cross country race he 
had ever run in. “Usually it’s pretty 
crowded for the first half mile or so, 
but I was still bumping into people 
at four miles,” said Sean. 

While the women stole the show. 
Coach Aldrich stressed that the men 
had accomplished a lot as well. 

“They faced a lot of strong com¬ 
petition arid beat a perennially 
strong New York team in St. 
Lawrence,” Aldrich noted. 

The men’s and women’s teams 
will both begin to taper now as they 
face three championship meets in 
the next three weeks. The New 
England Small College Athletic 
conference (PitoLAt j cnampion- 
ship meet this coming weekend at 
Wesleyan will be a good barom¬ 
eter, especially for the women’s 

team as they make a bid for an 
NCAA berth. As coach Aldrich 
noted, all of the strong Eastern teams 
are in the NESCAC. Three of those 
teams will make the trip to Iowa for 
the NCAA Championship meet. 

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page 19 

- the extra point 

No room for crybabies 
in high school football 

By Neall Currie 

Let me tell you about two ar¬ 
ticles I saw this week that got me 
thinking about high school foot¬ 

The first was in the Oct. 25 issue 
of Sports Illustrated. Gary Smith 
writes about (he demise of the foot¬ 
ball program at Bridgman High in 
Michigan. The Bridgman Bees, who 
have had eight winning seasons in 
35 years, somehow won their open¬ 
ing game this season, then lost the 
next three games in a row by a 
combined score of 170-0. The play¬ 
ers were ridiculed in their school 
and the team’s sophomore twins, 
Corey and Chris Reimers, began 
badgering their teammates. The 
Reimers’ father showed some real 
adult guidance by storming into 
otherplayers’ houses to harass their 

The second article appeared in 
the October 26 issue of USA Today. 
Cynthia Wilson tells the story of 
Smithfield Sky View in Utah, a 
school that had the remainder of 
their football season canceled, in¬ 
cluding the chance to compete in 
the state playoffs. A hazing inci¬ 
dent that got'out of hand led to 
accusations, suspensions and the 
canceled season. Here’s what hap¬ 
pened, in the words ofUSA Today's 

“After an October 11 practice, 
Brian SeamOhs, a backup quarter¬ 
back, was grabbed by several play¬ 
ers, thrown to die floor and stripped 
of his boxer shorts. 

“Seamons was thenhogtied with 
athletic tape and strapped nude to a 
towel rack. Another player taped 
his genitals while others forced his 
homecoming date into the locker 
room. The "girl ran away scream¬ 

It’s okay. I chuckled a little too. 

The two teams and their situa¬ 
tions seem quite different; one was 
a perennial loser, the other a power¬ 
house. One suffers from maybe a 
little too much enthusiasm, the other 
from a lack of it. 

But they’ve both had their sea¬ 
sons canceled, and I think the root 
of each school’s problem is the 
same. It’s aclichd, every coach has 
used it, every player has heard it, 
but that only means it’s- true: there 
is no “1” in “team” 

Football is a team sport That 
means that youjcety on the people 
you play with, they rely on you, you 
succeed together, you fail together 
and above-all, yob stick together. 
That’s not always easy. But it is 
always necessary: 

In the case of Bridgman High, 
the Reimers twins and their father 
forgot fliat a team is not a support¬ 
ing cast.OnOct. II,Chris Reimers 
approached a senior lineman in the 
school cafeteria and told'him that 
he and his brother could win with¬ 
out the offensive line. Keep in mind 
that these two boys are the core of 
an offense that scored exactly zero 
, points to three games * Whpn ytor 

are Michael Jordan and have won 
seven straight scoring titles, you 
can call your teammates a “sup¬ 
porting cast,” or “Jordanairie$.“ 
When you’re a snot-nosed sopho¬ 
more playing for a team of 17 play¬ 
ers, you can call your teammates sir 
— if they like you. 

And how about Papa Reimers? 
Here’s a quote: “My kids were the 
best kids on the team. The rest of 
them are a bunch of spoiled little 
wusses.” That may be true — se¬ 
niors who bag the team because a 
sophomore talked a little trash are 
not among the most dedicated of 
men—butthis Reimers guy sounds 
like a tennis father or a figure-skat¬ 
ing mom, one of those parents who 
are so caught up iq their children’s 
athletic endeavors that they forget 
their kids are kids. 

This is football: a team sport. 
It’s about being the best team, not 
the best on the team. If you’re into 
beating your teammates, try cross¬ 
country or boxing. 

T m-worried that thisis going to 
hurt the kids chances of getting 
athletic scholarships,” Papa 
Reimers said. Some people might 
worry that this was going to hurt the 
team’s chances of winning some 
games. Besides, isn’t the inability 
to score a touchdown likely to cost 
the kids some scholarships on its 

There’S no doubt that these 
Reimers folk are a little too caught 
upin themselves. ButH’sal so pretty 
clear that the ton players who quit 
are more into being football players 
than playing football. They’re tak¬ 
ing themselves too seriously — al¬ 
ways a mistake when you can’t win 
a game—and not taking the game 
seriously enough. 

The Smithfield case is another 
where everyone involved is suffer¬ 
ing from humor deficiency. The 
players who tied up Seamons took 
their little game way too far, but 
Seamons and — shocker, another 
irrational parent—his mother took 
"it much too seriously. Mama 
Seamons said her son was “vio¬ 
lated,” in yet another abuse of the 
most politically burdened word of 
the nineties. You violate parking 
regulations, the three second rule 
and the neutral zone. You might as 
well say Brian Seamons was en¬ 
croached upon. 

Regardless ofwhat you call what 
happened to Seamons, you can’t 
call it nice. Hazing is one thing; 
when I was in high school, we taped 
Our share of rookies to training 
tables. There’s nothing wrong with 
hazing, as long as it involves rela¬ 
tively harmless things. But you haye 
to remember that your victim is stHl 
your teammate, still basically your 
friend. You don’t arbitrarily hu¬ 
miliate people. But there’s no way 
the whole team deserved to lose the 
rest of their season. If Seamons 
hated his team so much, he should 
fiurte .qtot Seiiter like die wrong 
pebpfenettor-the wrong masons. . 

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Eric Davis ’96 and Justin Harrison ’95 no. 11 defend the goal. 

Alex Grossman 

Men’s soccer rides the rollercoaster 

By Paul KrissoiT 

Continuing their pattern of split¬ 
ting games, the Middlebury men’s 
soccer team crushed Col by-Saw¬ 
yer last week only to be dominated 
by Babson four days later. 

The week was almost a carbon 
copy of the previous one in which 
the Panthers beat Norwich, a team 
they were supposed to defeat easily 
and failed against top-notch oppo¬ 
nent Williams. 

Unfortunately for this year’s 
squad, only two games remain and 
the dream of a New England Small 
Colleges Athletic Conference 
(NESCAC)playoff birth has all but 

Middlebury dominated Colby- 
Sawyer last Tuesday, winning a 4- 
0 game that could have been an 8-0 
victory. Matt Fritz ’97, the team’s 
leading scorer and certainly one of 
the most talented rookies in New 
England, continued to product; for 
what has been a relatively inconsis¬ 
tent offense. 

Fritz hit an incredible shot from 


(continued from pane 20) 

learning to accept that. It was just a 
bad break,” he said. 

After the wreck, however, the 
heavies again picked up die pace 
and moved on several boats, secur¬ 
ing 25th place out of 48, handily 
defeatingnvaJsBowdoinand Bates. 

In a later race, the men’s varsity 
lightweight four faced similar cri¬ 
ses as they pulled their way down 
the three mile course The boat of 
coxswain Scott Codes ’94. stroke 
Eli Hengst ’95. Chad Peck '95, Ja¬ 
son Stull ’94 and bowman Nick 
Nebolxine ’94 took a flying start 
and before the first mile marker, 
easily walked a crew from Vassar 
and began to move on their next 
target, Connecticut College 

Though the lightweights began 
to move on the Connecticut boat 
with great speed, the rivals refused 
to yield. 

As bot{j J>oats emerged from 
under tha River Street Bridge, the 

Men ’s Smrer 





practically no angle to get the Pan¬ 
thers rolling. Fellow forward Dylan 
Bolles ’96 also tallied one,, while 
mid-fielder Ben Hartley ’96 con- 
tributedtwogoals, including a spec¬ 
tacular header. 

The Panthers controlled the en¬ 
tire game, making life easy for goal¬ 
keeper Eric Davis ’96. 

Things got tougher for Davis 
and Middlebury at Babson on Sat¬ 

In fact, it did not take long at all 
as Babson scored just 13 seconds 
into the game, stunning both teams 
and everyone in attendance. 

The Panthers somehow stabi¬ 
lized after the bizarre goal that rock¬ 
eted over the head of Davis, playing 
even with the powerful Babson 
squad for the final 44:47 of the half. 

Unfortunately, lightning did 
strike twice on this day. as 

inevitable happened, the two boats 
crashed and Stull was nearly thrown 
from the boat. 

Angered, but motivated by the 
crash, the Middlebury lightweights 
recovered and walked the Connecti¬ 
cut boat, leaving them only with 
memories of the incident. 

Hell; 1 just wanted to row right 
through them Wc had to pass them 
before the turn at Weeks Bridge, 
and we did The lightweights really 
put it on the I me,” Ciodcs said of the 

The lightweights, however, 
reached the finish line exhausted, 
after managing to fight off a few 

last mintite attacks by approaching 
boats as they moved into a frightful 
and gusty headwind Although they 
lost precious time at the end. the 
four accomplished a great deal for 
their first year of competition at the 
Charles, defeating boats from the 
University of Pennsylvania, Vassar, 
Green Lake Crew and Connecticut 
College • ^ 

Co^h Blaire Haarlow w<p> up¬ 
set by the mi shtpsJnitcwitom *rith 

Middlebury again gave tip a goal in 
the first minute of the half. The 

* 4 >. 

Panthers again picked it up a notch 
for the next 43 minutes, only to 
have Babson score a strange third 
goal with only one minute remain¬ 
ing in the game. 

If not fora few momentary lapses 
of concentration, Ihiscertainly could 
have been a tight game, allhough 
Middlebury was clearly outplayed 
Babson built their attack from the 
back very effectively, staying in 
control ami avoiding long passes 
For the better part of the game, their 
ball control style kepi the Panthers 
at bay. ® 

Middlebury’s up and down play 
this season is reflected clearly in its 
record, an even 6-6. 

In a couple of games, most no¬ 
tably the early season upset of Bates, 
Middlebury had appeared to find its 
identity, only to lose it in the fol¬ 
lowing match. 

With just three starting seniors, 
lack of experience probably has a^, 
lot to do with the inconsistency 

the crew’s attitude am) persever¬ 
ance and is already scheduling in 
the dates for next yciu's return 

Women’s soccer 

(continuedfrom pane 20) 

They have out-scored their oppo¬ 
nents 17-3 in the last six games 
The Panthers have one remain¬ 
ing regular season game, tomorrow 
at home against Trinity and their 
playoff hopes could depend on the 
outcome. But if they continue to 
play with the same fire that is pres¬ 
ently burning under their cleats, 
this team could roar into ihc post- 
season. '•*■•- _ AA,y>/' 


(continued from pane 20) 

all three Panther doubles teams 
reaching at least the semifinals. 
Smith was ecstatic. “Finishing the 
season this way after struggling 
through odr dual matches is superb 
I hope that we can repeat our suc¬ 
cess io Comtof years.” 

Soccer keeps playoff hopes alive 

By Rob Merrill from about 25-yards out off an as- 

The surge is coming at just the &S»S5sEsSsS9 sist from Falso. 
right time for the Middlebury The second goal of the game 

women’s soccer team. An end of SflllllRIBhiffllllHIini typified the never-say-die mental- 
the season run of five consecutive BfeBSaliliSUaSHHaafl ity that has helped the Panthers step 
victories has the squad poised to from Falso, Hefner and Reeher as up their play. At one point, the ball 
make some noise in the playoffs. the Panthers’ relentless attack was crossed from the left side by 
The Panthers began last week forced the Wellesley goaltender to Lyn Lipscomb ’95 and was loose in 
with a 1-0 victory against Union make 16 saves. Middlebury had 32 front of the St. Lawrence net. A 
College on Tuesday. The lone goal shots on goal in the contest, proof gang of women converged on the 
was scored by K.D. Falso ’94 to that the offense is hungry and fi- ball and after a touch from White, 
win the game, showing just how nally getting results. Amy DiAdamo ’97 was able to 

effective Middlebury’s offense can The Panthers returned home convert for Middlebury. 

be. Falso was aided by a double Monday, recording another shutout Relentlessness, intensity and 

assist from Jen Hefner ’97 and Jen victory against St. Lawrence Uni- “heart” have made this team into a 
Reeher’94. The goal occurred a versity 2-0. Goalie Virginia Crosa playoff contender. The Panthers are 
mere thirty seconds into the match. ’97 turned in an impressive perfor- playing “their best soccer of the 
The Panthers continued to assail mance between the pipes, stopping year,” according to Coach Beaney. 
the Union goalkeeper with 22 more 16 St. Lawrence shots. Both the offense and the defense 
shots, but the one goal advantage Middlebury.’ s first goal was scored are peaking at an opportune time, 
proved sufficient due to a strong on a left-footed rocket by Hefner (continued on page 19) 

Four days later, the women trav- Crew comes out strong 

at Head of the Charles 

dominated on their way to an im- 
pressive 4-0 win” Alissa White ’97 fig 
struck the net first, on an assist from ® 

Reeher just before the end of the jSjfr 
first half. 

The second half yielded goals 

Alex Grossman 

Tennis ends season with a bang 

By Adam Gilden finals, MotterandO’Haredid, how- singles spot, Shelley Morse ’95 lost 

Rebounding from a season in ever, beat the second seeded team 
which they barely stayed above the in the semifinals. 

.500 mark, the Middlebury College In the number three singles flight, 

women's tennis team finished with Middlebury’s Kristen Ingersoll ’95 
a flourish, taking third place out of won two matches and then fell in 
twenty-two teams at the New En- thequarterfinals to Julie Greenwood 

gland Championships at Amherst of Williams, 6-3 and 6-4. Her 
College last weekend. doubles partner, Ali Holtzapple ’94, 

“The team really came together also reached the quarterfinals of the 
this weekend,” said Coach Gail nuniber five singles flight before 
Smith. The Panthers also gave them- losing to the second seed from Trin- 

sel ves a special treat by preventing ity College, Kristen Schollhammer 

arch rival Williams College from Ingersoll and Holtzapple made 
winning the tournament. it to the semifinals in doubles where 

“We were the spoilers," said they were defeated by the number 
Smith, whose team was ranked se v- two team firomTufts by a Score of 6- 
enth in the nation in Division III 3,6-4. 

before losing two of its top three “I was very happy with Ali’s 
players this year. performance. For her to come back 

At number one singles, Helen after not playing for two years and 
Motter ’96 affirmed her rank as accomplish what she accomplished 
New England's best tennis player is remarkable,” said Coach Smith 
by winning the flight. Motter, who of Holtzapple's results, 
also won the NCAA Division III 
nationals last spring in both singles 
and in doubles with partner Nancy 
Olson ’93, coasted to an easy 6-2, 

6-3 victory over Christi LeBlanc of 
Bowdoin College in the finals. 

Allison O'Hare ’94, playing 
number two singles after taking a 
year off from tennis to study in 
Paris, reached the quarterfinals of 
her flight before losing to Julie 
Winski of Smith College by a score 
of 6-1 and 6-2. 

Teaming together in doubles and 
seeded fourth, Motter and O’Hare 
reached the finals, where they lost 
to the third seeded team from 
Amherst College. 

“I think Helen ran out of steam 

Men’s four hits the water in Boston. 

Alex Grossman 

(continued on page 19) 

Cross country competes in the big 

leagues at the Albany Invitational 

By Zachary CaldweU . finishing ninth to become the top were Leslie St. Lawrence ’96 in 
\ For their biggest meet yet, the New England team in the 40 team 11 th, Michel* Anastasio’97 in 14th, 
Middlebury men’s and women’s race. Casey aifford ’96 in 22nd, Amy 

cross country teams traveled Satur- Kristin Daly’94 led the women’s Hollingsworth ’94 in 24th, Sarah 

day to the Albany Invitational, team, finishing sixth, but with seven Rebick ’97 in 27th and Kate 
hosted by the State University of runners in the top 33, coach Teny Kerschbaum ’96 in 33rd. 

New York. Running against com- Aldrich stressed that it was a total After tunning what may be her 
petition which included perennial learn effort own best race to date, Anastasio 

Division I powers, the Middlebury “It’s hard to pick one individual summed up how she felt Tm re- 

teams proved that they can thrive in who had a particularly good race, ally^really excited that the team is 
the big leagues. They all ran well and finished within running so well.” 

Leading the way once again, the a minute of each other. It was an In a further tribute to team depth 

varsity womeneven surprised them- exceptional team race,” said the junior varsity (JV) women took 
sel ves by easily winning the meet. Aldrich. second in the JVtabe. Kate Bishop 

The men also ran exceptionally well, Following Daly’s sixth place 

ment,” said Coach Smith of the 0-6, 
6-1.6-2 loss. Despite losing in the 

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